- The Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Chosin (CG 65) will return home to Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam Nov. 22 from a deployment to the Western Pacific.
Commanded by Capt. Patrick Kelly, the ship and its crew of nearly 340 Sailors conducted integrated operations with allies and partners during the ship's six-month deployment.
In October, Chosin participated in the International Fleet Review held in Sydney, Australia. Additionally, the ship participated in a number of multilateral fleet training exercises conducted along the coast of Australia.
"It was an honor for Chosin to represent the United States Navy in a contingent of over 20 international warships that joined the Royal Australian Navy in their most significant commemorative event of the last 100 years," said Kelly. "I was especially excited for Chosin's Sailors as this was for many a once-in-a-lifetime experience."
Throughout the summer, Chosin conducted theater security operations with partner nations while providing deterrence, promoting peace and security, and preserving freedom of the seas.
"I am proud of our Chosin team," Kelly said. "And we are all thankful for the strong support of our families and loved ones throughout the deployment."
Chosin is one of 10 surface ships currently assigned to Commander, Naval Surface Group Middle Pacific. The ship is the first U.S. Navy warship named in commemoration of the First Marine Division's heroism at the Chosin Reservoir in the Korean War. The ship's motto is "invictus," Latin for invincible or unconquered.
U.S. Navy guided-missile cruisers are primarily multi-mission [Air Warfare (AW), Undersea Warfare (USW), Naval Surface Fire Support (NSFS) and Surface Warfare (SUW)] surface combatants capable of supporting carrier strike groups and amphibious forces, operating independently, and serving as flagships of surface action groups.
Commander, U.S. Naval Surface Group Middle Pacific leads and manages the overall warfighting capability of the Surface Combatant Force homeported at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam. MIDPAC ships support U.S. Pacific Fleet in leading America's rebalance to the Pacific.
U.S. Third Fleet leads naval forces in the Eastern Pacific from the West Coast of North America to the international date line.