The Navy's newest Arleigh Burke-class destroyer, USS Halsey (DDG 96) is commissioned at Naval Station North Island.
San Diego, Calif. (Jul. 30, 2005) The Navy's newest Arleigh Burke-class destroyer, USS Halsey (DDG 97) is commissioned at Naval Station North Island. The ceremony marked the formal entrance of the guided missile destroyer into the fleet. The ship was named after U.S. Naval Academy graduate Fleet Adm. William "Bull" Halsey Jr., who commanded South Pacific Force and South Pacific Area during World War II. Halsey is capable of fighting air, surface and subsurface battles simultaneously and the ship contains a number of offensive and defensive weapons designed to support maritime defense needs well into the 21st century. U.S. Navy photo by Lithographer's Mate 1st Class John P. Kass File# 050730-N-3672K-418