USS CHUNG-HOON DDG 93
The Chung-Hoon (DDG 93) is the U.S. Navy's 43rd Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer and was named in honor of Rear Adm. Gordon P. Chung-Hoon (1910-1979), a recipient of the Navy Cross and Silver Star for conspicuous gallantry and extraordinary heroism as commanding officer for USS Sigsbee (DD 502) from May 1944 through 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. Despite the damage, Chung-Hoon valiantly kept his anti-aircraft batteries delivering prolonged and effective fire against the continuing enemy air attack, while simultaneously directing damage control efforts. His leadership helped Sigsbee to make it to port under her own power.
The contract to build her was awarded to Northrop Grumman Ship Systems on March 6, 1998. Construction began on January 17, 2001, and the keel was laid down on January 14, 2002, at the company's Ingalls shipyard in Pascagoula, Miss. When the ship's hull integration was complete, DDG 93 was moved over land via 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.
January 11, 2003 The Pre-Commissioning Unit (PCU) Chung-Hoon was christened during a ceremony at Northrop Grumman Ship Systems in Pascagoula, Miss. Ms. Michelle Punana Chung-Hoon, ship's namesake niece, served as sponsor of the ship. Cmdr. Kenneth L. Williams, Jr., is the prospective commanding officer.
February 24, 2004 The guided-missile destroyer underway for the first time to cunduct a combined two-day Alpha/Bravo Builder's trials.
From July 10-14, the Chung-Hoon was underway in the Gulf of Mexico for Independent Steaming Exercise (ISE); Departed Pascagoula, Miss., for the last time on July 16 to conduct transit to Pearl Harbor, Hawai; Port call to Cozumel, Mexico, from July 19-20; Transited Panama Canal on July 25.
August 4, PCU Chung-Hoon arrived in Puerto Valarta, Mexico, for a three-day port visit; Ammo onload at Naval Weapons Station Seal Beach, Calif., from Aug. 12-13.
August 14, The Chung-Hoon arrived at Naval Base San Diego for an eight-day port call; Underway from Aug. 23-27 in the SOCAL Op. Area.
September 10, DDG 93 arrived at its new homeport of Naval Station Pearl Harbor. During the last week, since departing San Diego, the crew and contractors charged with bringing Chung-Hoon to life have been busy wrapping up a number of testing batteries and certifications.
September 18, USS Chung-Hoon was commissioned during a ceremony on Ford Island.
September 20, The guided-missile destroyer departed Pearl Harbor for a Friends and Family Day Cruise, around the island of Oahu.
From Oct. 25 through Nov. 21, USS Chung-Hoon was underway for Combat Systems Ship's Qualifications Trials (CSSQT) in the Hawaiian Op. Area; Underway for ISE from Dec. 7-9.
September 2, 2005 Cmdr. David A. Welch relieved Cmdr. Kenneth L. Williams, Jr., as CO of the Chung-Hoon. DDG 93 completed a three-month Post Shakedown Availability (PSA) in May.
January 5, 2006 USS Chung-Hoon departed Naval Station Pearl Harbor for its maiden deployment, as part of U.S. Pacific Joint Command Task Force, in support of the Global War on Terrorism.
May 25, The Chung-Hoon returned to homeport after four-and-a-half month underway period.
July 25, USS Chung-Hoon, concluded its participation in Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) 2006, the world's largest biennial maritime exercise, in the waters off Hawaii.
August 1, DDG 93 arrived in Seattle, Wash., in support of Seafair 2006, a month-long traditional summer festival, which includes parades, amateur athletics, air shows and boat racing.
September 10, USS Chung-Hoon conducted a Communications and Passing Exercise with the Chinese Navy oiler Hongzehu (AOR 881) and destroyer Qingdao (DDG 113), while they departed Pearl Harbor after making routine port visits scheduled for their goodwill cruise to the United States. The two ships will continue with their cruise to San Diego.
January 22, 2007 The guided-missile destroyer is currently participating in Expeditionary Strike Group Integrated Training (ESGINT) Exercice, off the coast of southern California, in preparation for the upcoming deployment with the USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6) ESG.
April 16, USS Chung-Hoon departed Pearl Harbor for a scheduled deployment with the Expeditionary Strike Group (ESG) 5.
April 18, Cmdr. James A. Aiken relieved Cmdr. David A. Welch as commanding officer of the Chung-Hoon.
August 12, USS Chung-Hoon is currently in the North Arabian Gulf (NAG) conducting Maritime Security Operations as part of Combined Task Force (CTF) 158.
September 28, USS Chung-Hoon returned to homeport after a nearly six-month deployment in support of the global war on terrorism.
October 15, 2008 Cmdr. Michael A. McCartney relieved Cmdr. James A. Aiken as CO of DDG 93.
October 16, The guided-missile destroyer completed its participation in Expeditionary Strike Group Integration (ESGINT) exercise, off the coast of southern California, as part of the Boxer (LHD 4) ESG.
January 20, 2009 USS Chung-Hoon departed Naval Station Pearl Harbor for a western Pacific deployment.
February 15, The Chung-Hoon arrived in Fleet Activities Yokosuka for an eight-day port call.
March 11, U.S. Navy assigned the Chung-Hoon as escort to USNS Impeccable (T-AGOS 23), that narrowly missed colliding with the Chinese vessels Sunday, 75 miles south of Hainan. Five Chinese vessels approached the ocean surveillance ship, ignoring requests to keep their distance, and that one got so close that the Americans employed fire hoses to repel it. The Impeccable, which is unarmed and manned by civilian mariners, deploys and tows sonar equipment used to locate and track submarines. American officials contend the ship has been careful to stay in international waters.
May 25, The guided-missile destroyer anchored off the coast of Bali, Indonesia, for a scheduled port visit.
June 5, USS Chung-Hoon, along with USS Harpers Ferry (LSD 49) and USS Chafee (DDG 90), pulled into Changi Naval Base in Singapore to participate in the second phase of Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training (CARAT) 2009 exercise.
July 20, USS Chung-Hoon returned to Pearl Harbor after a six-month deployment.
December 29, Workers at Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard and Intermediate Maintenance Facility (PHNSY&IMF) completed the Chung-Hoon's Selected Restricted Availability (SRA) Dec. 11, five days earlier than scheduled.
February 27, 2010 USS Chung-Hoon, USS Chafee (DDG 90), USS O'Kane (DDG 77) and USS Crommelin (FFG 37) were ordered to get underway from Naval Station Pearl Harbor to avoid potential damage to ships and piers as the state of Hawaii is expecting a tsunami after a 8.8 magnitude earthquake struck Chile on Saturday.
May 6, Cmdr. Stephen S. Erb relieved Cmdr. Michael A. McCartney as the 5th commanding officer of Chung-Hoon.
June 1, USS Chung-Hoon departed Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam for an independent western Pacific deployment.
June 17, DDG 93 departed Okinawa after a routine port call. The guided-missile destroyer also recently visited Guam.
June 21, The Chung-Hoon anchored off the coast of Cebu, Philippines, for a brief port visit.
July 2, USS Chung-Hoon pulled into Changi Naval Base in Singapore to participate in the fifth phase of Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training (CARAT) 2010 exercise, July 5-19. USS Russell (DDG 59), USS Princeton (CG 59), USS Jacksonville (SSN 699), USCGC Mellon (WHEC 717) and USNS Amelia Earhart (T-AKE 6) are also participating.
July 27, DDG 93 is currently participating in a combined alliance maritime and air readiness exercise Invincible Spirit, involving the Republic of Korea and the United States, in the East Sea from July 25-28.
August 11, The Chung-Hoon arrived in Changi Naval Base, Singapore, for a scheduled port call.
September 3, The guided-misile destroyer anchored off the coast of Cebu for another port visit to Republic of the Philippines.
October 4, USS Chung-Hoon departed Fleet Activities Yokosuka, Japan, after a four-day port call.
October 12, USS Chung-Hoon returned to Pearl Harbor after more than a four-month underway period.
November 19, DDG 93 departed homeport for a three-day Friends and Family Cruise to Kauai.
March 30, 2011 The Chung-Hoon is currently participating in integrated training exercise "Koa Kai 11-2" off the coast of Hawaii. Pearl Harbor-based warships would have been forced to spend up to a month in similar pre-deployment training exercises in southern California waters.
June 1, USS Chung-Hoon departed Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam for a scheduled western Pacific deployment.
June 10, The guided-missile destroyer arrived in Apra Harbor, Guam, for a brief port call.
June 18, DDG 93 recently pulled into Changi Naval Base for a scheduled port visit before participating in a Southeast Asia Cooperation and Training (SEACAT) Singapore 2011.
June 28, USS Chung-Hoon, along with USS Howard (DDG 83) and USNS Safeguard (T-ARS 50), arrived in Puerto Princesa, Palawan, to participate in the 17th Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training (CARAT) Philippines.
July 15, The Chung-Hoon anchored in Tien Sa port for a week-long visit to Da Nang to participate in Naval Exchange Activity (NEA) Vietnam.
August 14, USS Chung-Hoon pulled into Changi Naval Base to participate in the Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training (CARAT) Singapore, from Aug. 15-29.
September 26, The guided-missile destroyer pulled into Laem Chabang Port for a four-day visit to Pattaya, Thailand.
October 7, DDG 93 arrived in Chinhae Naval Base for a scheduled visit to the Republic of Korea.
October 20, USS Chung-Hoon pulled into Hong Kong for a four-day port visit.
October 28, The Chung-Hoon arrived at Commander, Fleet Activities Yokosuka for a three-day port call.
November 4, The guided-missile destroyer anchored in Malakal Harbor for a three-day visit to Republic of Palau.
November 9, USS Chung-Hoon arrived at Naval Base Guam for a brief port call to pick up fuel and supplies.
November 17, DDG 93 arrived in Pago Pago, American Samoa, for refuel.
November 21, USS Chung-Hoon pulled into Papeete, French Polynesia, for a port visit to Tahiti.
November 23, Cmdr. Justin P. Orlich relieved Cmdr. Stephen S. Erb as CO of the Chung-Hoon during a change-of-command ceremony on board the ship in Papeete.
December 1, USS Chung-Hoon returned to Pearl Harbor after a six-month deployment.
February 1, 2012 The Chung-Hoon is currently undergoing a Selected Restricted Availability (SRA) period at Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard and Intermediate Maintenance Facility (PHNSY&IMF).
July 11, The guided-missile destroyer departed homeport to participate in a multi-national exercise Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) 2012.
September 13, USS Chung Hoon is currently participating in an integrated training exercise Valiant Shield 2012, off the coast of Guam, from Sept. 11-19.
April 2, 2013 USS Chung-Hoon departed Pearl Harbor for a western Pacific deployment, one month later than scheduled.
April 11, DDG 93 moored at Romeo Wharf in Apra Harbor, Guam, for a routine port call.
April 21, USS Chung-Hoon, along with USNS Salvor (T-ARS 52), arrived in Da Nang, Vietnam, for a four-day port visit.
May 31, The Chung-Hoon pulled into Hong Kong for a four-day port visit.
June 22, The guided-missile destroyer departed Apra Harbor to participate in a trilateral exercise Pacific Bond 2013, in the vicinity of Northern Mariana Islands from June 22-26, along with USS Preble (DDG 88), JS Murasame (DD 101) and HMAS Sydney (FFG 03); Inport Guam again from June 27- July 2.
July 16, The Chung-Hoon is currently participating in a biennial joint exercise Talisman Sabre 2013, off the coast of Queensland, Australia, as part of the USS George Washington (CVN 73) Carrier Strike Group (CSG).
August 6, USS Chung-Hoon moored at Garden Island Naval Base in Sydney, Australia, for a six-day port visit.
August 26, DDG 93 moored outboard the USS Preble at Harbor Master Pier (HMP) East in Fleet Activities Yokosuka, Japan, for a brief port call.
August 29, The Chung-Hoon arrived in Fleet Activities Sasebo, Japan, for a 12-day upkeep.
October 1, USS Chung-Hoon returned to homeport after a six-month deployment.
October 30, Cmdr. Ryan D. Collins relieved Cmdr. Justin P. Orlich as CO of the Chung-Hoon during a change-of-command ceremony on board the ship at Pearl Harbor.
November 14, The guided-missile destroyer is currently underway for deck landing qualifications with the U.S. Army UH-60M Black Hawk assigned to 2nd Bn, 25th Aviation Reg, 25th CAB, 25th Infantry Division.
January 23, 2014 BAE Systems Hawaii Shipyards, Honolulu, Hawaii, was awarded a $37,4 firm-fixed-price contract (N00024-14-C-4411) for the USS Chung Hoon's Drydocking Selected Restricted Availability (DSRA). The work is expected to be completed by August.
January 25, The Chung-Hoon departed Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam to participate in a week-long integrated maritime exercise Koa Kai 14-1, in the Hawaiian Op. Area.
March 6, DDG 93 entered the Dry Dock #4 at Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard and Intermediate Maintenance Facility (PHNSY&IMF); Undocked on Aug. 19; Underway for sea trials from Oct. 8-10; Underway for local operations from Dec. 5-7.
April 10, 2015 USS Chung-Hoon anchored off Hilo, Hawai'i Island, for a two-day port visit to participate in the 52nd annual Merrie Monarch Festival. The guided-missile destroyer aborted its plans to moor pierside in Hilo when the harbor pilot and the CO determined the harbor wasn’t deep enough to safely accommodate the ship.
April 20, The Chung-Hoon moored at Berth 5, Pier 7 on Naval Base San Diego, Calif., for a four-day port call before participating in Independent Deployer Certification Exercise (IDCERTEX) with the USS Higgins (DDG 76), USS Freedom (LCS 1) and USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) CSG, off the coast of southern California.
May 22, Cmdr. Thomas M. Ogden relieved Cmdr. Ryan D. Collins as the 8th CO of Chung-Hoon during a pierside ceremony at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam.
July 30, USS Chung-Hoon is currently underway for a Composite Training Unit Exercise (COMPTUEX) and Joint Task Force Exercise (JTFEX), off the coast of southern California, as part of the Stennis Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 3.
September 18, The Chung-Hoon recently moored at Berth B18 on Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam after underway for local operations.
October 30, USS Chung-Hoon departed Bravo 24 Wharf to participate in a Sustainment Exercise (SUSTEX), as part of the Stennis CSG, in the SOCAL Op. Area.
November 5, DDG 93 moored at Bravo Pier, NAS North Island in San Diego for a brief stop to onload ammunition.
November 2?, The Chung-Hoon moored at Bravo 25 Wharf, Pearl Harbor after a four-week underway period; Moored at Pier B15 after underway for a Friends and Family Day Cruise on Dec. 4; Commenced Continuous Maintenance Availability (CMAV) on Dec. ?; Underway for local operations from Jan. 18-2?.
January 27, 2016 USS Chung-Hoon departed Wharf B24 for a scheduled western Pacific deployment.
From January 30- Feb. 1, the Chung-Hoon participated in an Undersea Warfare Execise (USWEX), with the John C. Stennis CSG, in the Hawaiian Op. Area.
February 12, USS Chung-Hoon moored at Berth 7 in Fleet Activities Yokosuka, Yapan, for a four-day port visit; Transited the Luzon Strait westbound on Feb. 28.?
March 13, The Chung-Hoon moored at Berth 6 in Busan Naval Base, Republic of Korea, for a five-day port visit before participating in annual joint exercise Foal Eagle.
April 19, The guided-missile destroyer moored at Berth 7, Changi Naval Base in Singapore for a five-day liberty port visit.
May 20, USS Chung-Hoon moored at Alava Pier in Subic Bay, Republic of the Philippines, for a six-day port visit; Participated in a trilateral exercise Malabar 2016, in the waters east of Okinawa, Japan, from June 15-17.
June 18, The Chung-Hoon rendezvous with the JS Hyuga (DDH 181), RSS Steadfast (FFG 70), INS Satpura (F48) and KRI Diponegoro (365), off the coast of Okinawa, for a Group Sail en route to Hawaii to participate in a multinational exercise Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) 2016.
June 28, USS Chung-Hoon moored at Wharf B23 on Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam following a five-month deployment.
July 11, DDG 93 departed Pearl Harbor for a 22-day underway to participate in at-sea phase of RIMPAC.
September 22, The Chung-Hoon is currently moored at Pier B11 on Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam.
September 29, BAE Systems Hawaii was awarded a $22,1 million modification to a previously awarded contract (N00024-14-C-4412) for the USS Chung-Hoon's Selected Restricted Availability (SRA). Work is expected to be completed by June 2017.
October 1, The Chung-Hoon recently moored at Wharf B23 on Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam.
October 21, Cmdr. Victor B. Sheldon relieved Cmdr. Thomas M. Ogden as CO of the USS Chung-Hoon during a change-of-command ceremony at Wharf B23.
October 28, The Chung-Hoon recently moored at Wharf W5, Naval Magazine Lualualei for ammo offload; Entered the Dry Dock #4 on Nov. 17.
March 2?, 2017 USS Chung-Hoon undocked and moored at Pier B13 on Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam; Underway for sea trials on June 21; Moored at Pier M3 on June 23.?