USS Halsey, At Sea
- Retired U.S. Marine Lt. Col. Oliver North, host of the award-winning television show, “War Stories with Oliver North,” visited the guided-missile destroyer USS Halsey (DDG 97), Feb. 25-26.
North is documenting the Combined Maritime Forces and U.S. 5th Fleet counter-piracy mission, including coalition efforts, and the maritime threats in the U.S. Central Command area of responsibility (AOR).
“It's important to document the efforts of our service members so that the folks back home can see what these selfless heroes sacrifice for the country,” said North.
North and camera man, Chuck Holton, filmed the visit, board, search and seizure (VBSS) team while they conducted training aboard Halsey. Sailors were also given the opportunity to record messages for their friends and families to be aired on Fox News Channel.
“It was an awesome experience having Oliver North aboard documenting our mission,” said Damage Controlman Fireman Jerald Talob, a member of Halsey's VBSS team. “I'm a huge fan, so being able to meet him and hear his stories will be something that I never forget.”
North also conducted a live interview for Fox News with Boatswain's Mate 2nd Class Samuel Jensen, a member of Halsey's VBSS team.
“The opportunity to be on live television will be something that I never forget,” said Jensen. “For my family to be able to know what I do aboard Halsey and what we do as a ship is a wonderful experience.”
North said that he enjoyed spending time filming and being around the brave young Americans that serve aboard Halsey.
Crew members were also pleased to meet North. They were able to share stories, take pictures and ask questions about his service in the Marine Corps during the Vietnam War.
“It was a great experience listening to Mr. North's war stories,” said Yeoman 2nd Class Robert Raynor, a member of Halsey's VBSS team. “He participated in the Battle for Khe Sanh during the Vietnam War, the same battle in which my grandfather flew his A-1 Skyraider.”
Halsey is the flagship for CTF-151, a multinational, mission-based task force working under Combined Maritime Forces. CTF-151 is one of three task forces assigned to Combined Maritime Forces. Established in February 2002, CTF-151 protects and defends the legitimate use of the ocean by fishermen and merchants, and stands ready to assist any mariner in distress.