(Via Ho’okele News)
Lt. j.g. Rochelle A. Perry
USS Halsey Public Affairs Officer
More than 150 friends and family members recently joined USS Halsey (DDG-97) for a day underway to catch a glimpse of Navy life.
Guests explored the facets of a naval warship’s purpose and functionality, including the multiple watch stations, equipment, technical skills and tactical capabilities.
While getting underway and transiting through the harbor, guests were treated to a historical tour of the waterfront, guided by Lt. j.g. Bryan Lay over the ship’s general announcing system.
Cmdr. Linda Seymour, commanding officer, opened the day’s events with a warm welcome speech to the friends and family members of Halsey.
“It’s a pleasure to have all our loved ones and friends aboard. There are so many remarkable things in the surface community and today you all get to see what it’s like to be destroyermen in today’s Navy,” Seymour said.
Halsey Sailors and their families sailed off the coast of Oahu, spending an afternoon that included high speed maneuvers, live fire demonstrations, a variety of static displays from both weapons and engineering departments, and a barbecue picnic on the flight deck.
“This was an awesome experience for them and the turnout was amazing,” said Ensign Jessica Kreuger, Halsey family and friends cruise coordinator.
“Everyone got to spend time with their Sailors to really get a first-hand look at the types of things they will be doing and experiencing throughout deployment,” Kreuger said.