USS HALSEY, At Sea
- Guided-missile destroyer USS Halsey (DDG 97) frocked its newest petty officers during a ceremony in the hangar bay while on a western Pacific deployment, Dec. 8.
Cmdr. Michael Weeldreyer, commanding officer of Halsey, individually congratulated each Sailor and presented them with a frocking letter officially recognizing them with their new rank.
"It felt good having the captain hand me my frocking letter," said Gas Turbine System Technician (Electrical) 3rd Class David Garcia. "This has definitely been the highlight of my career so far, and I'm looking forward to succeeding at my new duties."
A frocked Sailor is authorized to wear the rank of the next higher pay grade on their uniform prior to the official promotion date where they receive pay.
For Gas Turbine System Technician (Mechanical) 3rd Class Wesley Kimbler, hard work and studying helped him advance.
"It feels good to know that all the hard work and long hours studying have finally paid off. I'm very excited to start taking on my new responsibilities as a petty officer," Kimbler said.
The leadership aboard Halsey is confident the new petty officers will be successful.
"Making that jump from seaman to petty officer comes with a lot of responsibility and is a huge step in the beginning of a Sailor's career," said Chief Intelligence Specialist David Rister. "I have no doubt that the newly frocked petty officers aboard Halsey will successfully handle their new duties and responsibilities well."
The term "frock" originated with the monks and the cloaks they wore. According to the Naval Historical Center, "to frock" meant "to invest with priestly office or privilege." Today's Navy frocking practice can be traced to the early 19th century when the wearing of a higher rank before receiving pay was necessary at times. Halsey is currently on a scheduled western Pacific deployment as a part of Carrier Strike Group 1 along with Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) and guided-missile cruiser USS Bunker Hill (CG 52).