USS Chosin

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USS Chosin (CG-65)
Career (US)
Name: USS Chosin
Namesake: Battle of Chosin Reservoir
Ordered: 8 January 1986
Builder: Ingalls Shipbuilding
Laid down: 2 July 1988
Launched: 1 September 1989
Commissioned: 12 January 1991
Homeport: Pearl Harbor, Hawaii
Motto: Invictus
Status: in active service, as of 2015
Badge: USS Chosin CG-65 Crest.png
General characteristics
Class and type: Ticonderoga-class guided missile cruiser
Displacement: Approx. 9,600 long tons (9,800 t) full load
Length: 567 feet (173 m)
Beam: 55 feet (16.8 meters)
Draft: 34 feet (10.2 meters)
Propulsion: 4 × General Electric LM2500 gas turbine engines, 80,000 shaft horsepower (60,000 kW)

2 × controllable-reversible pitch propellers

2 × rudders
Speed: 32.5 knots (60 km/h; 37.4 mph)
Complement: 33 officers, 27 Chief Petty Officers, and approx. 340 enlisted
Sensors and
processing systems:
Armament: 2 × 61 cell Mk 41 vertical launch systems containing

8 × RGM-84 Harpoon missiles
2 × Mk 45 Mod 2 5-in/54-cal lightweight gun
2 × 25 mm Mk 38 gun
2–4 × .50 cal (12.7 mm) gun
2 × Phalanx CIWS Block 1B

2 × Mk 32 12.75-in (324 mm) triple torpedo tubes for lightweight torpedoes
Aircraft carried: 2 × Sikorsky SH-60B or MH-60R Seahawk LAMPS III helicopters.

USS Chosin (CG-65) is a Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser serving in the United States Navy. She is named in honor of the Battle of Chosin Reservoir of the Korean War.[1] Commissioned in 1991, she is currently serving in the Pacific Fleet, based in Pearl Harbor. She has participated in Operation Southern Watch, Operation Enduring Freedom, and Operation Iraqi Freedom.[2] She is the first ship of this name.

Operational history[edit]

USS Chosin (CG-65) at International Fleet Review 2013 Open Day

In March 2003 Chosin was assigned to Cruiser-Destroyer Group One.[3]

  • In April 2008, Chosin failed[4] her Board of Inspection and Survey (InSurv) examination and was judged "unfit for sustained combat operations."[5][6]
  • In Spring of 2008, Chosin had received replacement gun barrels for both of her 5” guns.[7]
  • On 6 November 2009 Chosin assumed the role as flagship for the counter-piracy task force Combined Task Force 151.[8]
  • On 17 November 2009 Chosin rescued three stranded Yemeni fishermen in the Gulf of Aden. According to the fishermen, they were left stranded in the water after 12 suspected Somali pirates hijacked their vessel. The fishermen also said that the pirates gave them an ultimatum to either jump overboard with only a wooden plank as a flotation device or be killed. Chosin medical personnel treated the fishermen and gave them food and water. Once the fishermen were deemed to be medically stable, Chosin transferred the fishermen to a Yemen Navy vessel.[9]
  • In April 2013, Chosin passed its first ever Board of Inspection and Survey (InSurv) since its commissioning in 1992.
  • On April 30, 2013 Chosin departed her home port of Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam (JBPHH) for a scheduled Western Pacific deployment. While deployed, Chosin is scheduled to conduct theater security operations with partner nations while providing deterrence, promoting peace and security, preserving freedom of the seas and providing humanitarian assistance/disaster response.[10]
  • In February 2014 "Chosin" dispatched supplies via helicopter to RCN ship HMCS Protecteur after a severe engine room fire left her dead in the water about 630 km off the coast of Hawaii.[12]



  1. ^ Chosin's About Page. Accessed 6 October 2008.
  2. ^ "USS Chosin (CG 65) history". U.S. Carriers. 3 November 2012. Retrieved 28 March 2013. 
  3. ^ "World Navies Today: US Navy Aircraft Carriers & Surface Combatants". Andrew Toppan. Retrieved 19 July 2012. 
  4. ^ U.S. Navy Finds Glaring Flaws in 2 Surface Ships, Defense News, 20 April 2008. Accessed 27 April 2008.
  5. ^ Navy Board of Inspection and Survey Report - USS Chosin. Accessed 27 April 2008.
  6. ^ Eisman, Dale, "Lawmakers Seek Openness After Navy Closes Reports", Norfolk Virginian-Pilot, 4 May 2009.
  7. ^ PDF, Dragon Digest, July 2008. Accessed 6 October 2008.
  8. ^ Hepburn, Petty Officer 2nd Class Matthew. "USS Chosin Sailors Seek to Deter Piracy in Gulf of Aden". DVIDS. Retrieved 28 March 2013. 
  9. ^ "USS Chosin Rescues Three Yemeni Fishermen in the Gulf of Aden". DVIDS. 19 November 2009. Retrieved 28 March 2013. 
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  11. ^ Commonwealth of Australia (2013). "Participating Warships: International Fleet Review, Sydney, Australia, 3–11 October 2013". Royal Australian Navy. Retrieved 5 October 2013. 
  12. ^ Sarah Petrescu (2014). "Fire-damaged navy ship HMCS Protecteur remains dead at sea - Times Colonist - March 1st, 2014". Glacier Community Media. Retrieved 1 March 2014. 

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