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Flag Hoist/Radio Call Sign - NACH

Tactical Voice Radio Call Sign (circa 1945) - TORTOISE

Displacement 2924 Tons (Full), Dimensions, 376' 5"(oa) x 39' 7" x 13' 9" (Max)
Armament 5 x 5"/38AA, 10 x 40mm, 7 x 20mm AA, 10 x 21" tt.(2x5).
Machinery, 60,000 SHP; General Electric Geared Turbines, 2 screws
Speed, 38 Knots, Range 6500 NM@ 15 Knots, Crew 273.
Operational and Building Data
Laid down by Seattle Tacoma Shipbuilding. April 11 1942.
Launched March 9 1943 and commissioned September 30 1943.
Decommissioned January 27 1946 and recommissioned April 27 1951.
Decommissioned November 3 1960.
Stricken August 1 1973.
To Brazil July 20 1961, renamed Pernambuco.
Fate Sunk as a target circa 1982.

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Hailey 235kCaptain Joshua Hailey was placed in command of the privateer True Blood Yankee in early 1813. The privateer, built in France by Rhode Island men, sailed from Brest. France, 1 March 1813 to prey on commerce in the Irish Channel. On one occasion Captain Hailey seized an island near the enemy mainland and held it for 6 days while making repairs. In a 37-day cruise he took 270 prisoners and captured valuable cargoes. Sailing from France on his second cruise, Captain Hailey made a rapid circuit of Ireland and Scotland, landing several times and holding small coastal towns for ransom. During one tight he burned seven vessels in an Irish port. In May he ran into Dublin Harbor to sink a schooner that had eluded him on the previous day. Captain Hailey sailed again 21 September for his third cruise, setting his course for the English Channel. He captured and manned so many prizes that when she was finally captured the True Blood Yankee>/i> had only 32 men left of her original crew of 200. During her three cruises the ship had captured six ships and 21 smaller vessels. (Note: The U.S. Navy only consisted of 23 ships of the line. She employed some 517 privateers during the War of 1812) Photo Courtesy Lynx Educational Foundation. The Lynx represents the typical privateer employed by the U.S. NavyBill Gonyo
Hailey 82kArtist's conception of the Hailey as she appeared after original construction by the renowned graphic illustrator John Barrett with the text written by naval author and historian Robert F. Sumrall. Their company Navy Yard Associates offers prints of most destroyers, destroyer escorts, submarines and aircraft carriers in various configurations during the ship's lifetime. The prints can be customized with ship's patches, your photograph, your bio, etc. If you decide to purchase artwork from them please indicate that you heard about their work from NavSource.Navy Yard Associates
Hailey 130kUndated, Hailey refueling from the USS ESSex (CV-9) with the USS Enterprise and USS Hornet in the distance.Pieter Bakels
Hailey 94kNPC-1045322 photo dated 1959 but probably taken circa 1951.Don Scott, YNCS (SS) USN (Ret.)
Hailey 150kUSS Hailey (DD-556) underway at sea during the early 1950s. This image was received by the Naval Photographic Center in December 1959, but was actually taken several years earlier, when Hailey still had World War II era radars and 20mm guns. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval History and Heritage Command. Photo #: NH 107252.Robert Hurst
Hailey 92kEntering Norfolk in 1960.Marc Piché
Hailey 35kShips patch.Mike Smolinski
On Brazilian Service
Hailey 284kFour Brazilian Navy Fletcher - class destroyers and the light cruiser Tamandare (C 12, ex-USS St Louis, CL-49) underway heading northwards in formation, during the so-called Lobster war with France in 1961. The four destroyers are from bottom to top: Paraiba (D 28, ex-USS Bennett (DD-473); Para (D 27, ex-USS Guest, DD-472); Parana (D29, ex-USS Cushing (DD-797) and Pernambuco (D 30,ex-USS Hailey (DD-556). Brazilian Navy photo.Robert Hurst
Hailey 80kCirca 1962, location unknown.Robert Hurst
Hailey 195kPernambuco (D 30, ex-USS Hailey) underway in 1969, location unknown. Brazilian Navy, Official. Image from the 1969-70 Edition of Jane's Fighting Ships.Robert Hurst
Hailey 65kAs the CT PERNAMBUCO (D 30) at sea, circa 1970. Photo published by Brazilian Navy (BRN).Luiz Cotta, FT3 (Ret BRN)

USS HAILEY DD-556 History
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Commanding Officers
Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves

CDR Parke Howle Brady    Sep 30 1943 - Jan 26 1945 (Later RADM)
CDR James Robert Payne    Jan 26 1945 - Jan 27 1946
(Decommissioned Jan 27 1946 - Apr 27 1951)
CDR Joseph Elmo Reedy    Apr 27 1951 - 1952
CDR Harvey Wright Hall Jr.    1952 - 1953
CDR Wilfred Kingston Bradbury    1953 - 1955
CDR Edward Garris Rifenburgh    1955 - 1957
CDR Phillip Frederick Eckert    1957 - 1959
CDR John Smith    1959 - 1960
CDR J. C. Weless    1960 - Nov 3 1960

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