Sunday, November 05, 2006

USS HALYBURTON

USS Halyburton The USS Halyburton is an Oliver Hazard Perry-class frigate owned by the U.S. Navy. The Oliver Hazard Perry class of frigates were purchased by the U.S. Navy in the 1970s and 1980s as general-purpose escort vessels capable enough to do most jobs adequately, yet cheap enough to be bought in large quantities to replace aging World War II-era destroyers. The Halyburton was laid down on 26 September 1980 by the Todd Pacific Shipyards Co., Seattle Division, Seattle, Wash.; launched on 13 October 1981; and commissioned on 7 January 1984. She has earned 3 Battle 'E' awards for combat readiness.
The vessel is 138 metres long, 13.7 metres wide, is propelled by 2 General Electric LM2500-30 gas turbines generating 41,000 shp (31 MW), which gives the frigate a speed of 29+ knots. At 19 knots, the vessel has a range of 9,300 km. The Halyburton is crewed by 15 officers and 190 enlisted and armed with one OTO Melara Mk 75 76 mm/62 caliber naval gun, two Mk 32 triple-tube (324 mm) launchers for Mark 46 torpedoes, one Vulcan Phalanx CIWS and four .50-cal (12.7 mm) machine guns.

The USS Halyburton will arrive later this afternoon at the Holland Amerikakade, Rotterdam, together with the destroyer USS Roosevelt (see picture below).
USS Roosevelt

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