USS Chung-Hoon

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USS Chung-Hoon at her homeport of Pearl Harbor, Hawaii in September 2004.
Career (United States)
Name: USS Chung-Hoon
Namesake: Gordon Pai'ea Chung-Hoon
Awarded: 6 March 1998
Builder: Ingalls Shipbuilding division of Northrop Grumman, Pascagoula, Mississippi[1]
Laid down: 14 January 2002
Launched: 15 December 2002
Sponsored by: Michelle Punana Chung-Hoon
Acquired: 22 March 2004
Commissioned: 18 September 2004
Homeport: Pearl Harbor
Motto: Imua e na Koa Kai – Go Forward Sea Warriors
Status: in active service, as of 2015
Badge: USS Chung Hoon DDG-93 Crest.png
General characteristics
Class and type: Arleigh Burke-class destroyer
Displacement: 9,200 tons
Length: 509 ft 6 in (155.30 m)
Beam: 66 ft (20 m)
Draft: 31 ft (9.4 m)
Propulsion: 4 × General Electric LM2500-30 gas turbines, 2 shafts, 100,000 shp (75 MW)
Speed: 30 kn (56 km/h)
Complement: 380 officers and enlisted

USS Chung-Hoon (DDG-93) is an Arleigh Burke-class Aegis destroyer serving in the United States Navy (USN). Chung-Hoon was named in honor of Rear Admiral Gordon Pai'ea Chung-Hoon (1910–1979), recipient of the Navy Cross and the Silver Star.

The contract to build her was awarded to Northrop Grumman Ship Systems on 6 March 1998, and her keel was laid down on 14 January 2002, at Ingalls Shipbuilding, Incorporated. She was launched on 11 January 2003, sponsored by Michelle Punana Chung-Hoon of Honolulu, Hawaii, Chung-Hoon's niece, and commissioned on 18 September 2004.[1]

She is part of the Pacific Fleet and homeported in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii.

Operational history[edit]

In October 2005, while operating 360 miles northeast of Kahului, Chung-Hoon responded to a distress call from the bulk freighter C-Laurel. Chung-Hoon provided emergency medical care until the ship was within range of Coast Guard aircraft.[2][3]

In September 2006, Chung-Hoon served as host ship to the Chinese People's Liberation Army Navy's (PLAN) Luhu-class destroyer Qingdao during Qingdao‍ '​s visit to Pearl Harbor.[4] The two ships conducted communications and mobility exercises on 10 September 2006. According to Xinhua News Agency, it was the first such exercise by USN and PLAN ships[5] and the first visit by a Chinese navy ship to a U.S. state in six years.[6]

On 20 January 2009, Chung-Hoon departed Pearl Harbor for a scheduled deployment with the Boxer Expeditionary Strike Group.[7]

On 12 March 2009, Fox News reported that Chung-Hoon was escorting the surveillance vessel USNS Impeccable after the latter had been harassed by Chinese vessels in waters 75 miles (121 km) south of Hainan.[8]

In 2010, the ship assisted the Philippine Navy in the Sulu Sea in operations against Islamic militants. After returning to Pearl Harbor, the ship redeployed to the western Pacific beginning on 1 June 2011.[9]


  1. ^ a b Shapiro, Treena (2004-12-19). "USS Chung-Hoon Goes on Duty". Honolulu Advertiser (Honolulu, HI). Retrieved 2013-10-24. 
  2. ^ "Pearl Harbor Ship Aids Crewmember from Panamanian Ship". Honolulu, HI: Hawaii News Now. Retrieved 2013-10-24. 
  3. ^ Star-Bulletin staff and wire (2005-10-14). "USS Chung-Hoon tends to injured crewman on freighter". Honolulu Star Bulletin 10 (287) (Honolulu, HI). Retrieved 2013-10-24. 
  4. ^ Kakesako, Gregg K. (2006-09-06). "Chinese naval ships visiting isles". Honolulu Star Bulletin 11 (249) (Honolulu, HI). Retrieved 2013-10-24. 
  5. ^ "Chinese, US navy conduct telecommunications, mobility exercise in Pacific". BBC Monitoring Asia Pacific (London, UK). Xinhua news agency. 2006-09-12. p. 1. 
  6. ^ "Chinese warships visit Hawaii". Xinhuanet. Beijing, China: Xinhua News Agency. 2006-09-07. Retrieved 2013-10-24. 
  7. ^ Navy News[dead link]. 20 Jan. 2009.
  8. ^ "Obama Calls for Improved Military Dialogue Between U.S. and China, After Naval Confrontation". New York, NY: Fox News. 2009-03-12. Retrieved 2013-10-24. 
  9. ^ "Destroyer Chung-Hoon deploys to Western Pacific". Springfield, VA: Navy Times. Associated Press. 2011-06-01. Retrieved 2013-10-24. 

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