By Journalist Seaman Joseph Caballero, Fleet Public Affairs Center Pacific 1/31/06

SAN DIEGO (NNS) — The newly-commissioned Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Halsey (DDG 97) entered its Post-Shakedown Availability (PSA) period Jan. 17 completely certified and surge-deployable in the shortest time period in Navy history.

Moored at NAS North Island CA prior to commissioning as the U.S. Navy’s newest ship, Halsey honors Fleet Adm. William “Bull” Halsey Jr., who commanded South Pacific Force and South Pacific Area during World War II.

Halsey is the 47th ship of 62 Arleigh Burke-class destroyers and is capable of fighting air, surface, and subsurface battles simultaneously. The ship contains a number of offensive and defensive weapons designed to support maritime defense needs well into the 21st century.

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