Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Robert Stirrup, Commander, Navy Region Hawaii Public Affairs
PEARL HARBOR (NNS) -- The guided-missile destroyer USS Chung-Hoon (DDG 93) held a cruise for family members, 70 Honolulu Navy League members and seven local bloggers April 5.
During the cruise, guests had the opportunity to tour different areas of the ship, see various displays and eat lunch on the flight deck.
"It is my pleasure to welcome you all aboard the mighty warship Chung-Hoon for today's event," Cmdr. Michael McCartney said to the guests. "Today you are our shipmates."
While underway, Chung-Hoon also held a promotion ceremony for a chief warrant officer and a re-enlistment ceremony for a chief petty officer for the entire crew and the guests to attend.
"It has been great being out here at sea aboard one of the Navy's newest destroyers," said retired Navy captain and current Honolulu Navy League member, Carl Devoe. "I had a great time interacting with the crew and appreciate Cmdr. McCartney inviting the Navy League along for the cruise."
Seven local bloggers attended the cruise and 'tweeted' about their experience on Twitter while underway.
"I really enjoyed being aboard the ship while it was underway today," said blogger Kaimana Pine. "I write a lot about events throughout the community and this was a good opportunity to show our readers what the military does for their local community."
"This is the first time I have ever been on a Navy ship, so it was definitely exciting and I saw a lot of neat things," said blogger Shauna Goya. "I was very impressed with everything I saw here today."
The Navy League Honolulu Council (NLHC) 'adopted' Chung-Hoon during a ceremony Dec. 14, 2009 to formally recognize the partnership between Chung-Hoon and NLHC.
USS Chung-Hoon was named in honor of Rear Adm. Gordon Pai'ea Chung-Hoon. Chung-Hoon is a recipient of the Navy Cross and Silver Star for conspicuous gallantry and extraordinary heroism as commanding officer of USS Sigsbee (DD 502) from May 1944 to October 1945.
The mission of the Navy League is to educate U.S. citizens and their elected officials about naval matters and the importance of sea power.