|Captain Bill Byrne
Commanding Officer (April 2009 - April 2011)
CAPT Bill Byrne was born in San Francisco and raised in nearby Pacifica, CA. He spent a year at the Naval Academy Prep School before receiving an appointment to the United States Naval Academy where he graduated with a B.S. in Political Science in 1987.
His first sea duty assignments were in San Diego aboard USS COOK (FF 1083) where he served as Gunnery Officer and Main Propulsion Assistant and aboard USS LAKE CHAMPLAIN (CG 57) where he served as Anti-Submarine Warfare Officer. CAPT Byrne’s Department Head tours included a homeport shift from San Diego to Yokosuka, Japan, aboard USS VINCENNES (CG 49) where he served as Weapons Officer and Combat Systems Officer.
CAPT Byrne’s tours ashore include Aide/Flag Lieutenant to the Commander, Naval Forces Marianas, in Guam, and several Pentagon tours including as a Resource Sponsor for Aegis ships and Smart Ship Program for the Director, Surface Warfare (OPNAV N86), Warfare Analyst for the Sea Strike Mission Capability Package for the Director, Warfare Integration (OPNAV N70), and as Division Chief for Antiterrorism/Force Protection Programs in the Operations Directorate of the Joint Staff (J-3). CAPT Byrne received a M.A. in National Resource Strategy from the Industrial College of the Armed Forces in 2004.
In August 2000, CAPT Byrne reported to USS LEYTE GULF (CG 55) as the Executive Officer. LEYTE GULF was underway within hours after the terrorist attacks of 9-11 in support of Operation NOBLE EAGLE and deployed a week later with the THEODORE ROOSEVELT Battle Group in support of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM.
CAPT Byrne took command of USS HALYBURTON (FFG 40) in May 2005. In June 2006, HALYBURTON deployed to South America and Northern Europe where they conducted Theater Security Cooperation operations with 25 allied nations in support of the Global War on Terrorism. Under his command, HALYBURTON was awarded the 2005 CDS-14 Battle Efficiency Award.
CAPT Byrne’s awards include the Defense Superior Service Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal, the Navy Commendation and Achievement Medals and various unit and service awards.