USS Chosin Departs for San Diego after 25 Years in Hawaii

The U.S. Navy announced March 22 that USS Chosin (CG 65) will change its homeport from Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, to San Diego to begin the cruiser modernization program in San Diego. The move supports the Navy’s plan to modernize select cruisers to extend their service lives to 40 years, as well as upgrade shipboard combat systems to address current and future warfighting requirements.

In this blog, Rear Adm. John Fuller, commander, Navy Region Hawaii and Naval Surface Group Middle Pacific, reflects on Chosin’s service after 25 years in Hawaii.


By Rear Adm. John Fuller
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ommander, Navy Region Hawaii and Naval Surface Group Middle Pacific

When we say “aloha” and “a hui hou” (farewell) to USS Chosin on Friday as the War Dragon leaves Pearl Harbor, we will remember her long and distinguished record of achievement and service.

PEARL HARBOR (Nov. 22, 2013) The Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Chosin (CG 65) arrives at homeport at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam following a deployment to the western Pacific region. The ship and its crew of nearly 340 Sailors conducted integrated operations with allies and partners during the ship's six-month deployment including the International Fleet Review held in Sydney, Australia. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Diana Quinlan/Released)

PEARL HARBOR (Nov. 22, 2013) The Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Chosin (CG 65) arrives at homeport at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam following a deployment to the western Pacific region. The ship and its crew of nearly 340 Sailors conducted integrated operations with allies and partners during the ship’s six-month deployment including the International Fleet Review held in Sydney, Australia. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Diana Quinlan/Released)

 

USS Chosin’s first and only homeport – for the past 25 years – has been here at Pearl Harbor.

Thousands of men and women served aboard USS Chosin over the past quarter century. Chosin Sailors and their proud ship kept the sea lanes open, built strong international partnerships and faithfully stood watch, ready to defend our nation.

Like other ships on our waterfront, Chosin worked with our friends and allies. For example, in 2013, while forward-deployed to the western Pacific, Chosin’s crew participated in Aegis scenario interoperability training with the Republic of Korea Navy.

PACIFIC OCEAN (March 1, 2014) Sailors aboard the guided-missile cruiser USS Chosin (CG 65) load materials to an SH-60B Sea Hawk helicopter for a vertical replenishment operation. Chosin was participating in the recovery operations of the Royal Canadian Navy auxiliary oil replenishment ship HMCS Protecteur (AOR 509) in the waters off the coast of Hawaii. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Johans Chavarro/Released)

PACIFIC OCEAN (March 1, 2014) Sailors aboard the guided-missile cruiser USS Chosin (CG 65) load materials to an SH-60B Sea Hawk helicopter for a vertical replenishment operation. Chosin was participating in the recovery operations of the Royal Canadian Navy auxiliary oil replenishment ship HMCS Protecteur (AOR 509) in the waters off the coast of Hawaii. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Johans Chavarro/Released)

Chosin gained a reputation over the years for being in the right place to render aid to stranded international mariners, from rescuing Yemeni and Iraqi fishermen in the Arabian Gulf to recovering the Canadian navy ship HMCS Protecteur in the Pacific in 2014 after it experienced a fire.

Over the years, in addition to deploying forward, Chosin participated in numerous Rim of the Pacific and Koa Kai exercises near Pearl Harbor.

Named for the “Chosin Few” Marines of the Korean War at the Battle of Chosin Reservoir, USS Chosin has been a bridge from the past to the present and to the future.

I commend the commanding officer, Capt. Kevin Brand, and Chosin’s men and women for embracing and exemplifying the warrior ethos – they trained and were ready to fight, and thus demonstrated how presence with power preserves peace.

In the weeks leading up to this day, crew and family members demonstrated friendship, camaraderie and community service through a Chosin ohana cruise, a picnic at Foster Point last week and a bike path cleanup March 4 coordinated by chiefs and petty officers with the Hawaii Bicycling League.

I’m impressed by something CTR1 Allen Gray said about the Pearl Harbor Historic Trail cleanup: “I personally feel that it is a big deal for cyclists to have a safe and clean area to ride. This gives the U.S. Navy and the USS Chosin an opportunity to give back to the community in a tangible way.”

For 25 years Sailors aboard USS Chosin, through their achievements and service, gave back to the people of Hawaii and our nation – in a tangible way.

We wish USS Chosin fair winds and following seas as the “War Dragon” heads to its new homeport of San Diego for cruiser modernization – taking warfighting readiness to the next level. It’s the end of an era, but what it really means is CG-65 will begin a new and bold chapter.

Thank you, USS Chosin. Invictus! Congratulations, shipmates, on a job well done.

PEARL HARBOR (Nov. 14, 2014) Sailors stationed aboard the guided-missile cruiser USS Chosin (CG 65) stand at attention during a change of command ceremony at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam. Capt. Patrick M. Kelly was relieved of command of Chosin by Capt. Kevin M. Brand. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Johans Chavarro/Released)

PEARL HARBOR (Nov. 14, 2014) Sailors stationed aboard the guided-missile cruiser USS Chosin (CG 65) stand at attention during a change of command ceremony at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam. Capt. Patrick M. Kelly was relieved of command of Chosin by Capt. Kevin M. Brand. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Johans Chavarro/Released)

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