Honolulu — Acting Governor Shan Tsutsui joined families to welcome home sailors of the USS Chung-Hoon. Nearly 280 sailors returned to its homeport at Pearl Harbor after a six-month deployment in the Western Pacific. In April, the Chung-Hoon participated in the fourth annual Naval Engagement Activity with the Vietnam People’s Navy in Da Nang where sailors conducted training and exchanges in search and rescue, medical, diving medicine, navigation, and shipboard firefighting. During the summer, Chung-Hoon participated in multi-warfare exercises with the Japan maritime Self-Defense Force and Royal Australian Navy in Pacific Bond 2013 and with the Royal Australian Navy in Talisman Saber 2013.
Chung-Hoon is named in honor of Hawaiian native Rear Adm. Gordon Pai’ea Chung-Hoon recipient of the Navy Cross and Silver Star in World War II for conspicuous gallantry and extraordinary heroism as Commanding Officer of USS Sigsbee from May 1944 to October 1945.