USS Chosin Hosts International Dignitaries, Impresses
Warship Plays Part in International Initiative for Naval, Military, and Political Networking
Daron Weber, ENS, SC, Public Affairs Officer
PEARL HARBOR – More than 40 senior officers from countries all across the globe converged on Oahu for a five day, multi-base visit that included a tour of USS CHOSIN (CG 65) May 14th. The dignitaries came away impressed with the exhibition put on by the ship.
“Coming off a challenging and extended deployment like CHOSIN and then hosting an event for VIPs like this is tremendous,” said RDML Jerry Lemmons, OPNAV Director for International Engagement, and one of the dignitaries visiting the ship.
“It’s impressive to see the dynamic nature of warships, not just in their operational tasking, but their role in perpetuating mutually beneficial international relationships as well.”
The guided missile cruiser was deployed from August to this past March, spear-heading air defense operations in the Persian Gulf, as well as conducting anti-piracy operations off the coast of Somalia with COMSTRIGRU 11.
Called the Naval Spring Attache Tour, the multi-base visit occurs annually, switching between east and west coast fleets, and involves international senior military officers assigned to their respective national embassies in Washington, D.C.
The “NAVATTs”, represented by 37 countries, visit American military installations and landmarks with the intent of achieving multi-national military and, ultimately, political harmony through education and social networking.
“What we’re doing is simply complying with the CNO’s (Chief of Naval Operations) Maritime Strategy,” Lemmons pointed out. “As ADM Roughead stated, ‘We prosper because of this system of exchange among nations.’ Today, we provided an exchange and today we edged closer to his vision.”
The tour was hosted by CAPT David J. Sheridan, Commanding Officer of CHOSIN. Sheridan presented the ship to the dignitaries on the pier and accompanied them on the tour. He described the functionality of the bridge, foc’sle, fantail, mess decks, wardroom, and Combat Information Center in the ship’s operations.
CHOSIN is currently moored at Naval Station Pearl Harbor, preparing for a summer of significant underway time – including an exercise called RIMPAC – where multi-national navies simulate naval engagements in 3rd fleet. It is another example of the Navy and CHOSIN doing their part to form an ironclad bond with the navies, militaries, and nations abroad.