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Chung Hoon sailors return after 6-month deployment

Sep. 30, 2013 - 05:13PM   |  
The destroyer Chung Hoon is returning home to Hawaii on Tuesday.
The destroyer Chung Hoon is returning home to Hawaii on Tuesday. (MC1 Jay C. Pugh / Navy)
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The destroyer Chung-Hoon returns to its Hawaii homeport Tuesday after a six-month deployment to the Western Pacific.

The nearly 280 sailors on board participated in joint exercises with the Vietnamese, Japanese and Australian navies before heading home to Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii.

“We operated forward and worked with our foreign partners in various multi-national exercises improving warfighter skills across a broad range of mission sets and further strengthening our bonds,” said Cmdr. Justin Orlich, the ship’s commanding officer. “Chung-Hoon sailors have accomplished a great deal this deployment and have much to be proud of in service to our nation.”

Sailors participated in training and exchanges in search and rescue, medical, diving medicine, navigation and shipboard firefighting in April as part of the fourth annual Naval Engagement Activity with the Vietnam People’s Navy in Da Nang, Vietnam.

Over the summer, Chung-Hoon conducted multi-warfare exercises with the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force and Royal Australian Navy in Pacific Bond 2013 and with the Royal Australian Navy in Talisman Saber 2013.

“Chung Hoon performed marvelously throughout their deployment,” said Capt. Wallace Lovely, commodore of Destroyer Squadron 31. “This team answered the call for mission support on time, every time.”

The Chung-Hoon is named after the late World War II hero, Rear Adm. Gordon Paiea Chung-Hoon. He’s a Hawaaian native and a Navy Cross and Silver Star recipient for actions as commander of the destroyer Sigsbee from May 1944 to October 1945.

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