Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii – Guided-missile destroyer USS Chung-Hoon (DDG 93) is scheduled to return Dec. 1 from a six-month independent deployment to the Western Pacific.
Chung-Hoon is commanded by Cmdr. Justin Orlich, and has a crew of more than 280 officers and Sailors. The ship deployed June 1, 2011 under the Middle Pacific Surface Combatant deployment concept, in which Pearl Harbor-based ships deploy in support of operations primarily in the Western Pacific.
While on deployment, Chung-Hoon participated in several missions including Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training (CARAT) Philippines, Naval Engagement Activity Vietnam, and CARAT Singapore.
CARAT is a series of bilateral military exercises between the U.S. Navy and the Armed Forces of Bangladesh, Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, and Thailand. Additionally, Vietnam participates in a CARAT-like skills exchange.
During the first phase of CARAT Singapore, Chung-Hoon participated in multiple events including a culinary exchange, a joint community service action project, and a symposium for shipboard medical emergencies, expeditionary medical planning, humanitarian assistance and disaster relief missions, supply logistics, anti-terrorism force protection and maritime air group operations.
Guided-missile destroyers are multi-mission anti-air warfare, anti-submarine warfare and anti-surface warfare surface combatants. They operate independently for support of carrier and expeditionary strike groups and surface strike groups.Media interested in covering Chung-Hoon’s arrival should contact Petty Officer Robert Stirrup at the Navy Region Hawaii Public Affairs Office at 808-590-8363 or 808-473-2898 by 4 p.m. Nov.30 to arrange an escort onto Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam. Media will be met at the Nimitz Gate Visitors Pass Office parking area on Dec. 1 at 8:45 a.m.