USS Chosin deploys to western Pacific – Hawaii News – Honolulu Star-Advertiser

USS Chosin deploys to western Pacific – Hawaii News – Honolulu Star-Advertiser.

USS Chosin deploys to western Pacific


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U.S. Navy / january 2011The cruiser USS Chosin is the first warship to undergo modernization at Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard as part of a 10-year, $1.86 billion Navy overhaul program. Next up was the USS Russell, but that work could instead take place on the West Coast to save money.

The guided-missile cruiser USS Chosin is deploying from Hawaii to the western Pacific Ocean.

The Navy says the Chosin will provide deterrence and humanitarian assistance while deployed.

The ship is scheduled to leave Pearl Harbor today.

The Chosin is named in commemoration of the First Marine Division’s heroism at the Chosin Reservoir during the Korean War.

The guided missile cruiser is equipped to combat threats from under water, from the air and from other surface ships. It’s capable of operating in support of carrier strike groups, amphibious forces or of operating independently.

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Let the games begin: fleet readies for entry to Sydney

Let the games begin: fleet readies for entry to Sydney.

Australie : rassemblement à Jervis Bay des bâtiments qui vont participer à la Revue Navale Internationale | Newsletter navale |

The assembly of visiting warships ahead of the International Fleet Review got underway on Sunday at Jervis Bay.

The vessels will sail up to Sydney for entry into the harbour exactly as the original seven ships of the first Australian navy did 100 years ago on Friday.

Eleven warships are already lying at anchor off the naval training base at HMAS Cresswell.

Ships from Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia,Thailand and Brunei, China and India are among those participating in training exercises along with HMAS Parramatta.

The exercise is the flagship activity under Australia and Malaysia’s co-chairmanship of the inaugral meeting of ASEAN defence ministers maritime security working group. Of particular relevance to Prime Minister Tony Abbott’s pledge to turn back the boats, the exercises being rehearsed on Sunday were boarding techniques.

Teams from the USS Chosin, Malaysia’s KD Jebat and Thailand’s HTMS Krabi joined forces on RIBs to board the Japanese warship JDS Makanami watched by Indonesian observers.

An Australian team then dropped from a Seahawk helicopter to board the New Zealand ship HMNZ Te Mana.

Commodore Peter Leavy, co-exercise director, said the exercises would also include maritime security and aviation procedures.

“Maritime security is something that we really must protect and no nation can do that alone,” he said.

“Our ability to work with our regional neighbours and friends is so critical.”

He said it was a “significant undertaking” for many nations that had come such a long way to participate such as those from the US, Nigeria and Britain.

“The training we get at sea both this week and after the fleet review means that this is not just a commemorative undertaking in Sydney. There is some really valuable training with navies that we don’t get to work with all that often.”

He said when foreign sailors went ashore at HMAS Cresswell they were keen to photograph the kangaroos that abound at the base.

Another group of visiting warships off the coast will on Wednesday join those already in Jervis Bay for final preparations for the fleet review. Some 25 warships will head north for Sydney on Thursday morning.

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USS Chosin Arrives in Newcastle

USS Chosin Arrives in Newcastle.


USS Chosin Arrives in Newcastle
By Lt. j.g. Megan E. Miller, USS Chosin Public Affairs
NEWCASTLE, Australia – Forward-deployed Ticonderoga-class cruiser USS Chosin (CG 65) arrived in Newcastle, Australia for a port visit, Sept. 25.

“It is an honor to be afforded the opportunity to represent the United States Navy in a contingent of over twenty international warships that will join the Royal Australian Navy in one of the their most significant commemorative events in 100 years,” said Capt. Patrick Kelly, commanding officer of Chosin. “I am especially excited for Chosin’s Sailors, as this will be for many, a once in lifetime experience.”

While in Newcastle, Sailors will be preparing for the International Fleet Review to be held in Sydney, Australia Oct. 3-11. The event will commemorate the 100th anniversary of the entry of the Royal Australian Navy’s Fleet into Sydney.

As part of the event, Chosin will be participating in a number of multilateral-fleet-training exercises to be conducted along the coast of Australia. Additional festivities will include a combined navies parade, public ship tours and a pyrotechnic display and lightshow.

“I think this will be the highlight of deployment thus far, andI’m looking forward to the chance to learn about foreign navies,” said Fire Controlman 1st Class, Kermit Wink. “I’m excited that we will get to interact with people from other cultures and act as ambassadors of our country.”

Chosin is currently operating in the 7th Fleet Area of Responsibility conducting exercises, port visits and operations to enhance maritime partnerships and promote peace and stability in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region.

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International fleets head to Sydney

International fleets head to Sydney.

It will be a not-so-subtle display of naval military might, and the most diverse armada of international warships ever to sail into Sydney Harbour.

Bristling with weaponry, some 21 nations will be represented in the October Fleet Review, including China by a Luhu Class destroyer, Qingdao.

Russia will send the RFS Vareyag cruiser capable of carrying long-range surface-to-air missiles and anti-submarine torpedoes. At 186 metres it will be the largest ship on the harbour.

Britain will send HMS Daring, a guided-missile destroyer and America will deploy the USS Chosin, a guided-missile cruiser.

All will assemble at Garden Island and across the Harbour marking the centenary of the first entry of the Royal Australian Navy’s fleet into Sydney on October 4, 1913.

On that occasion tens of thousands of people lined the foreshore to greet the flagship, the first HMAS Australia, as Australia came of age with its own defence capability.

Captain Nick Bramwell, director of the International Fleet Review, said it was a big undertaking for most countries to send ships to Australia.

”The Chinese now tend to visit Australia every 12 to 18 months, whereas the more unusual ones would be Russia and Nigeria. This is the first time the Russian Navy has been to Sydney since 1903, and this is the first time the Nigerians have been to Australia,” he said. ”It’s a great amphitheatre for this event.”

The foreign navies are not required to reveal what kind of weapons they have.

”Just because a ship can carry a certain number of missiles or shells for its guns doesn’t necessarily mean they are carrying them at full capacity,” Captain Bramwell said.

”There are standard procedures in not having explosives on upper decks in confined waterways, and they are pretty much internationally recognised.” Planning for the final berthing arrangements will continue right up until the review, expected to generate revenue of more than $50 million.

The celebrations will also include tall ships from eight countries, along with a home fleet of vessels including the James Craig and HM Bark Endeavour.

Navies from India, Canada, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, Singapore and Spain will also send ships.

Sydney is a nuclear-free harbour, so none of the vessels will have nuclear weapons or be propelled by nuclear power plants

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Restored Sydney naval monument unveiled | The Australian

Restored Sydney naval monument unveiled | The Australian.

ONE of Australia’s most important naval monuments has been unveiled on Sydney’s foreshore after being refurbished ahead of this week’s International Fleet Review.

The memorial was erected in 1934 to honour the memory of members of the HMAS Sydney 1 crew killed in battle against the Germans during World War I.

It now serves as an official monument to all Australian sailors and ships lost in combat, with the HMAS Sydney’s original mast as the centrepiece.

In an elaborate unveiling, officers raised the national navy flag as the HMAS Darwin sailed past, with crew standing on deck to formally salute the rejuvenated site.

HMAS Sydney Association president John Byrne said the five-year restoration process was a labour of love.

“I’d leave home at 5am and be here all day working on it, doing the rigging.”

“It was cold and windy, about minus four degrees at the top.”

Mr Byrne, a Vietnam veteran, said the memorial would inspire future generations as well as commemorate the past.

“We’ll bring schoolkids down here and tell them the history of the joint,” he said.

The $1.5 million project involved a fresh slick of paint, rigging work, bushland restoration and upgrading the memorial walk.

It comes just in time for this week’s International Fleet Review, which will see some 40 warships, 60 aircraft and 8000 sailors – as well as one carrot-topped prince – descend upon Sydney to commemorate 100 years since the arrival of the first navy fleet.

The incoming ships will salute the Bradley’s Head memorial in remembrance of lives lost at sea as they arrive, Commander of the Australian Fleet Rear Admiral Tim Barrett said.

“Now it’s an even more deep and poignant reminder of the history the navy has had.”
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USS Chosin – in Hong Kong

Chosin in Hong Kong

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Location: Hong Kong, Hong Kong
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17.08.2013 – the USS Chosin at anchor in front of Hong Kong

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USS Chosin – arrives in Hong Kong

USS Chosin in Hong Kong

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17.08.2013 USS Chosin CG65 at anchor in front of Hong Kong

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Chosin Sailors Visit Center for Special Education

Sailors and Midshipmen from USS Chosin Visit Center for Special Education

Sailors and Midshipmen from USS Chosin Visit Center for Special Education

Sailors and midshipmen from the Ticonderoga-class guided missile cruiser USS Chosin (CG 65) visited approximately 35 students at the Center for Special Education at the Columbine College during a port visit to Subic Bay, June 13.

The Center for Special Education, sponsored by the Lotus Foundation, Inc., and funded by Lotus Hilfs Programme e. V., is one of the few schools aimed toward students with special needs.

The students, a majority of which were deaf, entertained the Sailors and midshipmen with several dances. Inabilities to communicate verbally were quickly overcome with pen and paper and some sign language.

“I truly enjoyed the opportunity to interact with the students,” said Seaman Aaron Montoya. “The students, who could not hear but, could make you laugh, gave you a greater perspective on life.”

Emilia Sanchez, special education coordinator, and Norman Tuzon, retired Marine liaison volunteer, explained that the school educates children from early elementary school through college.

Currently, the school system in the Philippines is undergoing a transition. Previously, high school in the Philippines was four years from ages 12 to 16 following six years of elementary school. The program is moving to a K-12 system that mirrors the United States’ school system. This resulted in many college students ages, younger than American counterparts.

Chosin is currently on deployment in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of responsibility supporting security and stability in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region.

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USS Chosin Arrives in Subic Bay- Phillipines


USS Chosin Arrives in Subic Bay

From Lt. j. g. Angelica F. Walton, USS Chosin Public Affairs

SUBIC BAY, Philippines – The Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Chosin (CG 65) arrived in Subic Bay, Republic of the Philippines for a port visit, June 12.“It is wonderful to be back in the Philippines,” said Capt. Patrick Kelly, Chosin’s commanding officer. “The warmth and hospitality of the Philippine people is as exceptional, as it is inviting.“The crew of Chosin is excited to experience the culture and establish friendships during our stay here in Subic Bay.”Sailors will be given the opportunity to experience the Philippines with various outdoor adventures and regional attractions, which include the Subic Bay Zoo, golf, and local cuisine, Most of which events are, provided by the ship’s morale, welfare and recreation (MWR) association.

The port visit is also an opportunity for many Sailors with Filipino backgrounds to embrace their heritage or visit family.

“I’m excited to see my father, a retired senior chief petty officer, during this port visit,” said Chief Petty Officer Eugene Gabriel, from the Republic of the Philippines. “It’s been three years since I have been back and I look forward to taking some time to explore the country again.”

Chosin is currently on deployment in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of responsibility supporting security and stability in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region.

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US warship to dock in Subic Bay- Phillipines

Another US warship to dock in Subic

The guided missile cruiser USS Chosin is seen in US government handout photo. The warship is due on Wednesday at Subic Bay, once the largest military base outside the US mainland. The Philippines stopped hosting US bases after a bases treaty extension was defeated in the Senate in 1991.
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MANILA, Philippines – Amid observations that rising tension in the West Philippine Sea has coincided with more frequent port calls by US warships, a guided missile cruiser will dock at Subic Bay on Wednesday, the 115th celebration of Philippine Independence.

The US Embassy in Manila said on Tuesday in a statement: “The guided-missile cruiser USS Chosin” (CG 65) will arrive in Subic Bay on Wednesday, June 12, for a routine port call.”

It added, “the USS Chosin will refuel and receive supplies, and its crew will be given opportunities for community service in nearby areas as well as rest and recreation.”

The Ticonderoga-class cruiser was commissioned in 1991in Mississippi.  It is the first US Navy warship named in commemoration of the US First Marine Division’s breakout from surrounding Chinese communist troops during the Battle of Chosin in the mountains of North Korea, near Manchuria, in the winter of 1950.  Historians consider that battle as one of the most savage battles in modern warfare.

The 567-foot long cruiser has a top speed that exceeds 30 knots.  It has a crew of 375 sailors and officers.

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