USS Halsey returns to Pearl Harbor after deployment

USS Halsey Command Master Chief (SW/AW) Celina A. Miller reunites with her family. Photo by ATAN Joshua Markwith

MC3 Nicholas Burgains

USS Halsey (DDG 97) Public Affairs

The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Halsey (DDG 97) returned to its homeport, Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, May 14, after a seven-month deployment to the U.S. 5th and 7th Fleet areas of operations.

Halsey departed Pearl Harbor, Oct. 16, to join the Theodore Roosevelt Carrier Strike Group (TRCSG).

During its deployment, Halsey supported maritime security operations, freedom of navigation operations, and theater security cooperation efforts in the South China Sea, Arabian Sea, and surrounding waters.

“The crew performed absolutely phenomenally throughout this deployment,” said Cmdr. David L. Reyes, Halsey’s commanding officer. “We’ve led from the front with every exercise and operation we’ve conducted and I’m extremely proud of every Sailor in our crew.”

Throughout the deployment, Halsey conducted numerous strait transits and several high-value asset escort missions in 5th Fleet.

Halsey participated in the trilateral exercise Intrepid Sentinel with the Royal Australian Navy and French Marine Nationale, improving interoperability in multiple warfare areas.

The crew later participated in exercise Guardian Sea with the Royal Thai Navy, enhancing the anti-submarine capabilities of both navies.

Halsey successfully completed port visits to Santa Rita, Guam; Manama, Kingdom of Bahrain; Muscat, Oman; Changi, Republic of Singapore; and Phuket, Thailand.

“It almost felt like a completely different world compared to being back home but I definitely enjoyed it,” said Cryptologic Technician (Technical) 2nd Class Termaine Pruitt.

“I feel I really built a lot of strong bonds this deployment and I’m already looking forward to revisiting some of the places.”

While in port, Sailors participated in community service projects, enjoyed rest and recreation, and participated in tours presented by the ship’s Morale, Welfare and Recreation program.

Sailors renovated sidewalks in Guam, painted buildings at American Mission Hospital in Manama, and prepared meals at Willing Hearts Soup Kitchen in Singapore.

“Even though you’re out at sea, it still feels good being able to give something back to the community when you get the chance,” said Culinary Specialist 2nd Fernandez Boose.

“Just talking to locals in the area helps you realize that we’re not all that different.”

As Halsey steamed home, Sailors looked forward to returning to their homes and families.

“It’s definitely going to be weird at first,” said Pruitt. “It’s going to feel great though, being able to go home after work every day or the little things like driving and just relaxing with friends.”

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