USS Chosin

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USS Chosin (CG 65) returns to sea following a yard period.jpg
USS Chosin (CG-65)
United States
Name: Chosin
Namesake: Battle of Chosin Reservoir
Ordered: 8 January 1986
Builder: Ingalls Shipbuilding, Pascagoula, Mississippi
Laid down: 22 July 1988
Launched: 1 September 1989
Commissioned: 12 January 1991
Homeport: San Diego, California
Motto: Invictus
Status: SLEP (Service Life Extension Program)
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)
Speed: 32.5 knots (60 km/h; 37.4 mph)
Complement: 30 officers and 300 enlisted
Sensors and
processing systems:
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 at San Diego. The cruiser has participated in Operation Southern Watch, Operation Enduring Freedom, and Operation Iraqi Freedom.[2] She is the first US Navy ship to bear this name.

Operational history[edit]

Chosin 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-inch 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 Board of Inspection and Survey (InSurv). On 30 April 2013, Chosin departed her home port of Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam (JBPHH) for a scheduled Western Pacific deployment. While deployed, Chosin was 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 October 2013, the cruiser participated in the International Fleet Review 2013 in Sydney, Australia.[11]

In February 2014, Chosin dispatched supplies via helicopter to Royal Canadian Navy ship HMCS Protecteur after a severe engine room fire left her dead in the water about 630 km (390 mi) off the coast of Hawaii.[12] For providing assistance to Protecteur, the Canadian government awarded Chosin a Canadian Forces Unit Commendation.[13]

In June 2016, Chosin's homeport was changed to San Diego.[14]

In October 2019 it was announced that Chosin would be shifting to Seattle, WA to complete a Depot Level Modernization Period at Vigor Marine's Harbor Island facility starting in December 2019.[15]


  1. ^ "USS Chosin's About Page". Retrieved 6 October 2008.[dead link]
  2. ^ "USS Chosin (CG 65) history". U.S. Carriers. 3 November 2012. Archived from the original on 28 March 2014. Retrieved 28 March 2013.
  3. ^ "World Navies Today: US Navy Aircraft Carriers & Surface Combatants". Andrew Toppan. Archived from the original on 20 July 2012. Retrieved 19 July 2012.
  4. ^ "U.S. Navy Finds Glaring Flaws in 2 Surface Ships". Defense News. 20 April 2008. Retrieved 27 April 2008.[dead link]
  5. ^ "Navy Board of Inspection and Survey Report - USS Chosin". Retrieved 27 April 2008.[dead link]
  6. ^ Eisman, Dale (4 May 2009). "Lawmakers Seek Openness After Navy Closes Reports". Norfolk Virginian-Pilot. Archived from the original on 12 June 2015. Retrieved 11 June 2015.
  7. ^ PDF[dead link], Dragon Digest, July 2008. Accessed 6 October 2008.
  8. ^ Hepburn, Matthew. "USS Chosin Sailors Seek to Deter Piracy in Gulf of Aden". DVIDS. Archived from the original on 29 July 2012. Retrieved 28 March 2013.
  9. ^ "USS Chosin Rescues Three Yemeni Fishermen in the Gulf of Aden". DVIDS. 19 November 2009. Archived from the original on 29 July 2012. Retrieved 28 March 2013.
  10. ^ Sisco, Dustin W. (1 May 2013). "USS Chosin Departs for Western Pacific Deployment". Archived from the original on 12 June 2015. Retrieved 11 June 2015.
  11. ^ "Participating Warships". International Fleet Review 2013 website. Royal Australian Navy. 2013. Archived from the original on 10 December 2013. Retrieved 14 December 2015.
  12. ^ Petrescu, Sarah (2014). "Fire-damaged navy ship HMCS Protecteur remains dead at sea". Times Colonist. Glacier Community Media. Retrieved 1 March 2014.
  13. ^ Pugliese, David (7 June 2015). "USS Chosin receives Canadian Forces Unit Commendation for help provided to HMCS Protecteur". Defence Watch. Ottawa Citizen. Archived from the original on 12 June 2015. Retrieved 11 June 2015.
  14. ^ "Pearl Harbor-based Cruiser Moving to San Diego". 24 March 2016. Archived from the original on 7 April 2016. Retrieved 3 April 2016.
  15. ^ "Vigor wins modernization contract for two Navy cruisers". WorkBoat. 30 September 2019. Retrieved 12 November 2019.

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