USS Halyburton Deploys


Story Number: NNS140115-15Release Date: 1/15/2014 3:55:00 PM
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From USS Halyburton Public Affairs

MAYPORT, Fla. (NNS) -- Guided-missile frigate USS Halyburton (FFG 40), departed Naval Station Mayport Jan. 15 on a five-month deployment to the U.S. 4th Fleet Area of Responsibility.

The ship will support United States Southern Command's Countering Transnational Organized Crime (CTOC) efforts by conducting drug trafficking interdiction. CTOC is primarily focused on the illegal drug trade in the Caribbean, Central America and South America.

Halyburton last deployed in August 2012 in support of NATO's Operation Ocean Shield, conducting counter-piracy operations off the coast of Somalia.

The ship was commissioned Jan. 7, 1984, Halyburton is named after Pharmacist's Mate 2nd Class William Halyburton Jr. He was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor for extraordinary heroism while serving on Okinawa with the Marine Rifle Company, 2nd Battalion, 5th Marines, 1st Marine Division. While his division was under mortar, machine gun and sniper fire he fought his way through to tend to a wounded Marine. Using his body as a shield to protect the marine, Halyburton was fatally wounded.

Cmdr. David E. Fowler, commanding officer, will lead the crew on her final deployment as the ship is scheduled to be decommissioned later this year.

For more information about William Halyburton and the ship, visit www.halyburton.navy.mil/.

For more news from Commander, Naval Surface Force, U.S. Atlantic Fleet, visit www.navy.mil/local/surflant/.

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Family members wave as the guided-missile frigate USS Halyburton (FFG 40) departs Naval Station Mayport for a five-month deployment to the U.S. 4th Fleet area of responsibility.
140115-N-ZZ999-003 MAYPORT, Fla. (Jan. 15, 2014) Family members wave as the guided-missile frigate USS Halyburton (FFG 40) departs Naval Station Mayport for a five-month deployment to the U.S. 4th Fleet area of responsibility. This is Halyburton's final deployment as the ship is scheduled to be decommissioned later this year. (U.S. Navy photo by Paige Gnann/Released)
January 15, 2014
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