USS Chung-Hoon

The USS Chung-Hoon is an Aegis Class Destroyer that has a particular tie to Hawaii. The ship is named after Rear Admiral Gordon Pai`ea Chung-Hoon, a local of Hawaiian/Chinese ancestory who was the recipient of the Navy Cross and Silver Star for heroism as commanding officer of USS Sigsbee (DD-502) from May 1944 to October 1945. On April 5, 2010, the U.S. Pacific Fleet Public Affairs office organized several bloggers, photographers and social media folks to join Family Day outing. On board with us was blogger Jasmine Guevara, Big Island blogger, Damon Tucker who did an extensive photo journal of the trip, Advertiser blogger, Shauna Goya of Odds and Ends, photographer Dallas Nagata who shot some splendid photosKaimana Pine from Kanu Hawaii and Christie Shimabuku from the Waikiki Resort Hotel. In the above video, the ship played host to about 50 family and friends from the Navy League who has adopted the USS Chung-Hoon. The atmosphere was quite different from my embarks to the aircraft carrier, USS Nimitz and submarine, USS Santa Fe which were in the mode of running practice drills. Although the crew of the USS Chung-Hoon were alert and punctual, they were geared for the BBQ lunch and a ship full of civilians. The lunchtime highlight includes Officer Jose Martinez's de-enlistment and re-enlistment ceremony. He signed in for another 4 years of service with the US Navy. In the above video Commander Michael McCartney talks about the relationship between the USS Chung-Hoon and the State of Hawaii. He also talks about their mission which is has a strong humanistic tone to it. Granted, the Aegis Destroyer class vessel is a killing machine, equipped with missiles, anti-aircraft guns, anti-missile decoys, hand-to-hand weapons and torpedos, which I did not see by I know they're somewhere. I suspect that our War on Terror has not taken the fight to the ocean but on the rare occasion that it does I glad to have the US Navy and ships like the USS Chung-Hoon protecting our waters.

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