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PRESS RELEASE / ANNOUNCEMENTS Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Navy League to Welcome USS HALSEY

The Santa Barbara Navy League is planning a weekend of activities and relaxation opportunities for the 338 member crew of the USS HALSEY.


The HALSEY is scheduled to arrive on September 7 and depart on September 10 (dates are approximate and subject to change due to weather or call of duty).

“The Santa Barbara Navy League is honored to host a visit from the USS HALSEY (DDG 97) to our beautiful city,” said Patricia Westberg, President of the Santa Barbara Navy League. “The commanding officer and his crew are very excited about having a port call in Santa Barbara and look forward to meeting our community members through a series of planned events and liberty in town. These fine young men and women in uniform are the epitome of hard work, dedication and sacrifice through rigorous training and long deployments, globally to ensure our freedom and protect our way of life here in the United States. Enjoy these sailors as they embrace our community and return to their home port with a seabag full of memories that will last a lifetime.”

The USS HALSEY (DDG 97) is the 47th ship in the ARLEIGH BURKE (DDG 51) Class of Aegis guided missile destroyers – the U.S. Navy’s most powerful destroyer fleet. These highly-capable, multi-mission ships can conduct a variety of operations, from peacetime presence and crisis management to sea control and power projection, in support of National Military Strategy.

The mission of HALSEY is to conduct sustained combat operations at sea, providing primary protection for the Navy’s aircraft carriers and battle groups, as well as essential escort to Navy and Marine Corps amphibious forces and auxiliary ships, and independent operations as necessary. DDG 97 will be capable of fighting of air, surface, and subsurface battles simultaneously. The ship contains myriad offensive and defensive weapons designed to support maritime defense needs well into the 21st century.

Leaders from the United States Navy, the USS HALSEY and the Navy League of the United States will include Commander Mike Weeldreyer, USN, Commanding Officer, USS HALSEY, Captain John Steinberger, USN, Commodore, Commander Destroyer Squadron ONE out of San Diego and Phil Dunmire, National President, Navy League of the United States.

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