Navy's Third Fleet returns to World War II roots

ABOARD THE SUPERCARRIER CARL VINSON — Strolling through Third Fleet’s headquarters in San Diego, Vice Adm. Nora Tyson walks by walls lined with photos of William “Bull” Halsey, the legendary World War II commander who witnessed the 1945 surrender of Imperial Japan aboard his flagship ship Missouri.

She passes through a conference room named after him. Halsey’s six crystal snifters for downing boilermakers are mounted in a case there. Nearly an entire wall in her adjoining office is draped in Halsey’s five-star admiral flag.

Often outnumbered by more powerful Japanese forces, Halsey turned the Third Fleet sailors into daring, nimble and ruthless exponents of his motto — “hit hard, hit fast, hit often.”  

Deactivated at the end of the war, the Third Fleet was resurrected in 1973. Although it controlled all Navy forces on the West Coast, whenever one of its aircraft carrier groups crossed the International Date Line, it was turned over to the Navy’s Seventh Fleet.


Published at Sat, 07 Jan 2017 03:20:00 +0000