The namesake of the USS Chung-Hoon, Rear Admiral Gordon Pai'ea Chung-Hoon, was born on 25 July 1910 in Honolulu, Hawaii. The second youngest of five Chung-Hoon children, he attended the U.S. Naval Academy and graduated in May 1934. While at the Naval Academy, he was a valued member of the Navy Football team.
Rear Admiral 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. In the spring of 1945, Sigsbee assisted in the destruction of 20 enemy planes while screening a carrier strike force off the Japanese island of Kyushu. On April 14, 1945, while on radar picket station off Okinawa, a kamikaze crashed into Sigsbee, reducing her starboard engine to five knots and knocking out the ship's port engine and steering control. The attack killed 23 SIGSBEE crewman and nearly sank the ship. Despite the damage, Admiral Chung-Hoon, then a Commander, valiantly kept his anti-aircraft batteries delivering "prolonged and effective fire" against the continuing enemy air attack while simultaneously directing the damage control efforts that allowed Sigsbee to make port under her own power.
After retiring from the Navy in 1959, Rear Admiral Chung-Hoon was appointed by William Quinn, Hawaii’s first elected governor since statehood, to serve as director of the state Department of Agriculture. Rear Admiral Chung-Hoon died in July 1979.
Let us not forget the sailors on the USS Sigsbee who gave the ultimate sacrifice for their country and our freedom on that fateful day in April: Burton J. Adams, S1/c Guy V. Amburgey MM2/c Clayton Bryant Jr., SF1/c Robert L. Cheety, Cox Carlton R. Cox, F1/c Joseph W. Freeman, BM2/c Callis C. Gwynn, S2/c Joe Hagston, S1/c LTJG George G. Hart Joseph L. Heflin, S1/c Edwin C. Hoover, F1/c William O. Hudson, S2/c Gerald P. Keller , S2/c Sterling J. LeBlanc, SC3/c Ensign Dick M. Lykes Edwin F. McGraw, MM3/c Ernest P. Mullen, M3/c Sherman L. Millirans, F1/c Lawrence E. Mueller, EM2/c Clair E. Musser, S2/c Anthony D. Sox, S1/c Robert F. Wright, S2/c Roger B. Young, F1/c
USS Sigsbee (DD 502) was commissioned on January 1, 1943, and was decommissioned March 31 1947. After the war, she returned to Charleston, South Carolina, and was moored in the Wando river. Sigsbee was then moved to the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard where she remained until she was sold and scrapped in 1974.
Current USS Chung-Hoon
CHUNG-HOON (DDG 93) is the 43rd ship in the ARLEIGH BURKE (DDG 51) Class of Aegis guided missile destroyers - the U.S. Navy's most powerful destroyer fleet. DDG 93 is also the 20th Aegis destroyer to be launched and christened.
Construction of CHUNG-HOON (DDG 93) began on January 17, 2001, and DDG 93's keel was laid on January 14, 2002. During the construction of DDG 93, hundreds of subassemblies were built and outfitted with piping sections, ventilation ducting and other shipboard hardware. These subassemblies were joined to form dozens of assemblies, which were then joined "on-block" to form the ship's hull. During the assembly integration process, the ship was outfitted with larger equipment items, such as electrical panels, propulsion equipment and generators. The ship's superstructure, or "deckhouse," was lifted atop the ship's midsection early in the assembly process, facilitating the early activation of DDG 93's electrical and electronic equipment.
When the ship's hull integration was complete, DDG 93 was moved over land via the ship builder, Ingall's, wheel-on-rail transfer system, and onto the shipyard's launch and recovery dock.
On December 15, 2002, the drydock was ballasted down, and CHUNG-HOON floated free. She was then moved to her christening birth. DDG 93 was was christened on January 11, 2003 by the ship's sponsor, Ms. Michelle Punana Chung-Hoon, the niece of Rear Admiral Chung-Hoon.
"Chung-Hoon will enter the fleet at a time when our Navy and our nation needs her desperately," said Adm. Walter F. Doran, USN, commander of the U.S. Pacific Fleet, at the christening ceremony. "I am confident that like her namesake, she will sail tall and strong, and answer every challenge with the same courage and tenacity displayed by Gordon Pai'ea Chung-Hoon. Chung-Hoon will now sail side-by-side with other great ships of this class that have been named for Naval heroes, ships like USS Mitscher (DDG 57), USS Porter (DDG 78), and USS Preble (DDG 88). They are especially familiar to the men and women of Ingalls who built them, as well as many more of the great warships of today that are navigating the world's oceans and protecting all that America holds dear."
Adm. Doran, paying tribute to the men and women of Northrop Grumman Ship Systems who built DDG 93, said, "I want to thank you all for the dedication and determination you have displayed in service of your country, because the men and women of the Navy who are deployed during this time of war could not be fighting and winning the battles overseas or protecting our homeland without the efforts of the Northrop Grumman team. For decades now, the ingenuity and skill of the great workforce here at Ingalls have provided the Navy with the world's greatest warships."
More than 1,300 guests attended the christening ceremony highlighting the courageous actions of Chung-Hoon. Perry White, stepson of Gordon Chung-Hoon, addressed the audience with memories of Chung-Hoon as a father figure. "He did things only because they were the right things to do," White said. "I never saw him do anything because somebody wanted him to do it, or he thought it would improve his chances for gaining something. He had an incredible, clear internal compass that always kept him on the right course."
The ceremony culminated as the ship's sponsor, Michelle Punana Chung-Hoon, of Waianae, Hawaii, Gordon Chung-Hoon's niece, smashed a commemorative bottle of champagne across the bow of the ship, assisted by her friend and cousin, Matron of Honor Nancy King Holt, of Kailua, Hawaii, and Chung-Hoon's daughter, Maid of Honor Asti Punana Sorge', of Waianae, Hawaii. Chung-Hoon christened the new ship "in memory of my uncle, Rear Admiral Gordon Pai'ea Chung-Hoon, and in the name of the United States of America. The capabilities of this guided missile destroyer and Uncle Gordon's heroic workmanship complement each other. To the officers and crew who will take their tour of duty on this destroyer, it is my hope and prayer that my uncle's spirit, motivation and determination be with you as you journey through complicated times in unfamiliar and sometimes unfriendly seas."
"I want to recognize all the employees of Northrop Grumman Ship Systems for their outstanding service to the Navy and to our nation over the many years that Aegis ships have been built here in Pascagoula," said Rear Adm. Charles S. Hamilton II, USN, deputy program executive officer, Ships. "You truly are building freedom, one great ship at a time."
"The superb efforts of the craftsmen and women of Northrop Grumman Ship Systems to build this ship while reducing costs, improving quality and maintaining schedule, are a true credit to our nation's defense industry," said Capt. Phil Johnson, USN, supervisor of shipbuilding, conversion and repair, Pascagoula. "Regardless of where Chung-Hoon sails, whether she is keeping the peace or engaging the enemy in battle, know that her success is rooted in the men and women who built her."
Chung-Hoon is the 43rd ship and the 20th Aegis destroyer in the (DDG 51) Arleigh Burke class of guided missile destroyers - the U.S. Navy's most powerful destroyer fleet. These highly capable, multimission ships can conduct a variety of operations, from peacetime presence and crisis management to sea control and power projection.
PCU Chung-Hoon set sail for Sea Trials in February of 2004 and completed 3 days of intensive testing. The ship fired 2 missiles and put the 5" inch gun through it's paces. The ship and crew completed outfitting, dockside testing and crew training on July 7, 2004 and sailaway from Pascagoula, Mississippi. The ship set out on a two month transit to it's new homeport of Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. CHUNG-HOON stopped in Cozumel, Mexico, for a three day port call en route to the Panama Canal. The ship transited the Panama Canal at night and once in the Pacific, sailed northwest towards the next port call of Puerto Villarta, Mexico. Chung-Hoon arrived in San Diego, California, on 12 August for three weeks of testing and training. Chung-Hoon finally set sail for the last leg of its trip and arrived in Pearl Harbor on September 10, 2004.
DDG 93 was formally commissioned USS Chung-Hoon during it's commissioning ceremony held on September 18, 2004. Following commissioning, the crew began two months of Combat Systems Ship Qualifications Trials, which included rigorous tests of the Ship's combat readiness. Every warfare area was tested culminating in live missile firings. Following the completion of Combat Systems Ship Qualification Trials in November, Chung-Hoon continued preparations for the Ship's Final Contract Trials conducted by the Board of Inspection and Survey (INSURV).
Final Contract INSURV Trials began on January 31, 2005, and ended 4 days later. The event was definitely challenging and required a good deal of effort from all hands. Later in 2005, while operating 360 miles northeast of Kahului, Chung-Hoon responded to a distress call from the bulk freighter C-Laurel. Chung-Hoon provided emergency medical care until the ship was within range of Coast Guard aircraft.
In September 2006, Chung-Hoon served as host ship to the Chinese People's Liberation Army Navy's Luda class destroyer Qingdao during Qingdao's visit to Pearl Harbor. The two ships conducted communications and mobility exercises on 10 September 2006.
In 2009, Chung-Hoon departed Pearl Harbor for a scheduled deployment with the Boxer Expeditionary Strike Group. On 12 March 2009, Chung-Hoon escorted USNS Impeccable (T-AGOS-23) after the latter had been harassed by Chinese vessels in waters 75 miles south of Hainan.
In 2010, Chung-Hoon assisted the Philippine Navy in the Sulu Sea in operations against Islamic militants. After returning to Pearl Harbor, the ship redeployed to the western Pacific beginning on 1 June 2011.