Ship named for Canton native makes final deployment

Jan 16, 2014
Photo by: Donated photo FINAL DEPLOYMENT — The USS Halyburton departed Naval Station Mayport Jan. 15 on a five-month deployment to the U.S. 4th Fleet Area of Responsibility.

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. of Canton. 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/.

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