US Warship in Subic Bay for Independence Day- Phillipines

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

USS Chosin Guided-missile cruiser to visit Philippines during Independence day

USS Chosin Guided Missile Cruiser

As the Philippines marks its 115th Independence Day,  another US warship, the guided-missile cruiser USS Chosin (CG 65) will arrive in Subic, the former US naval base, for a routine port call.

A statement from the US embassy said the visit will highlight the strong historic community and military relations between the two countries.
During the port call, 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.

Commissioned in 1991 in Mississippi, the Ticonderoga-class cruiser 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 of modern warfare.

The ship’s motto is “invictus,” Latin for invincible or unconquered.

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

US Navy guided-missile cruisers perform primarily multi-mission [Air Warfare (AW), Undersea Warfare (USW), Naval Surface Fire Support (NSFS) and Surface Warfare (SUW)] surface combatants capable of supporting carrier strike groups, amphibious forces, or of operating independently and as flagships of surface action groups.

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Capt. Patrick Kelly addresses the crew of the Chosin

 

Capt. Patrick Kelly, commanding officer of the Ticonderoga-Class guided-missile cruiser USS Chosin (CG 65), addresses the crew after an award ceremony.

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EAST CHINA SEA (May 30, 2013) Capt. Patrick Kelly, commanding officer of the Ticonderoga-Class guided-missile cruiser USS Chosin (CG 65), addresses the crew after an award ceremony. Chosin is operating in the U.S. 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. (U.S. Navy photo by Fire Controlman 3rd Class Andrew Albin/Released)

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So where exactly are they ? ‘Sea of Japan’ or …..

US use of ‘Sea of Japan’ rankles South Koreans

SEOUL — The U.S. and South Korea routinely bend over backwards to compliment one another and extoll the virtues of their partnership. But there’s a bit of semantics that sets South Koreans’ teeth on edge.

South Korea Ministry of National Defense has formally complained to U.S. Forces Korea about a reference in a 7th Fleet press release to the “Sea of Japan.”

South Koreans call the body of water east of the Korean peninsula as the “East Sea,” and they bristle at references to the Sea of Japan, which they believe is an outdated designation left over from a dark period in their history when their homeland was a Japanese colony.

The reference to the “Sea of Japan” in the 7th Fleet release about the nuclear-powered USS Nimitz aircraft carrier participating in a joint U.S.-South Korea naval exercise earlier this week was eventually changed to “international waters east of the Korean peninsula,” officials said.

Ministry officials – who would not release the letter sent to USFK – said they were pleased with that change, but would have preferred the release made reference to the “East Sea” as an alternate name for the “Sea of Japan.”

They added the ministry plans to bring up the sea-naming matter at future policy meetings between the U.S. and South Korea militaries.

USFK referred questions about the ministry complaint to the 7th Fleet. Attempts to get a response from the fleet Thursday were unsuccessful.

However, USFK officials have in the past explained that while they recognize how sensitive Koreans are on the subject, American military policy is to follow the designations of the U.S. Board on Geographic Names.

“This is a long-standing U.S. policy that we apply all around the globe,” a USFK spokesman said about a year ago. “We understand that the Republic of Korea uses a different term.”

The U.S. military’s insistence that the internationally recognized “Sea of Japan” designation be used on all maps, plans and correspondence it shares with its South Korean counterparts is one of the few subjects of public disagreement between the two allies.

A spokeswoman for the South Korea Ministry of Foreign Affairs said last year, “We wish that the U.S. used only ‘the East Sea.’ But, if that’s too hard to do, we want the U.S. to at least use both names.

“We’ve asked … them about it frequently, and whenever the subject comes up, the problem is still not fixed,” she said.

Japanese officials contend the body of water dividing the two countries has been called the “Japan Sea” or “Sea of Japan” for centuries, and it makes sense to name it after their country because the sea laps up against a far greater amount of Japanese coastline than Korean coastline.

South Korean officials counter that in the years leading up to the International Hydrographic Organization’s initial 1929 issuance of its “Limits of Oceans and Seas” – the bible for names of water bodies and waterways around the world – their country was under Japan’s rule and could not oppose its request to call the body of water the “Sea of Japan.”

The IHO – the international organization in charge of naming water bodies – last year rejected a proposal from South Korea that the disputed body of water be known as both the “Sea of Japan” and “East Sea.” The organization is not scheduled to meet again until 2017.

South Korean government officials have vowed to continue their fight to, at the very least, get the “East Sea” recognized as an official alternative to “Sea of Japan.”

One example of why the issue is so important to Koreans can be found in the first line of South Korea’s national anthem: “God protect and preserve our country … until that day when Mount Baekdu’s worn away and the East Sea’s waters run dry.”

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U.S. Navy to Conduct Operations off Korean Peninsula- article 2

5/12/2013

U.S. Navy to Conduct Operations off Korean Peninsula

From U.S. 7th Fleet Public Affairs
ABOARD USS BLUE RIDGE – The U.S. Navy is conducting routine carrier operations in international waters east of the Korean Peninsula May 13-14.

Following their port visit in Busan, Republic of Korea, the USS Nimitz aircraft carrier strike group (NIMCSG) began routine operations with the Republic of Korea Navy.

U.S. Navy ships scheduled to participate include the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68) with the embarked Commander Carrier Strike Group 11 and carrier Air Wing 11; the guided-missile cruisers USS Princeton (CG 59) and USS Chosin (CG 65); and guided missile destroyer USS Preble (DDG 88).

The operations are taking place beyond the territorial seas of any coastal nations and are intended to reinforce regional security and stability, enhance interoperability with our allies, and increase operational proficiency and readiness. The operations include integrated flight operations, air defense events, surface warfare training events, precision ship maneuvers, and liaison officer exchanges.

The U.S. Navy frequently operates in international waters around the world and has conducted numerous operations and exercises in this area. Most recently, the USS George Washington (CVN 73) CSG conducted similar operations in the waters west of the Korean Peninsula in June 2012. Similarly, and aside from Nimitz’s visit that concluded yesterday, U.S. aircraft carriers frequently visit the Korean Peninsula; most recently USS George Washington in June 2012.

The U.S. Navy is committed to helping enhance the security and stability of the Indo-Asia-Pacific region, and our forward-presence activities and engagements in this region are routine. U.S. military operations and exercises are a part of a larger forward-presence posture to strengthen our alliances and partnerships, and established security cooperation activities. U.S. forward presence is in accordance with international law, preserves the rights, freedoms, and uses of the sea guaranteed to all nations, and contributes to economic development and international commerce.

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News – Operations off the Korean Peninsula – Duplicate ?

News: US Navy to conduct operations off the Korean Peninsula

Commander, U.S. 7th Fleet Public Affairs

By U.S. 7th Fleet Public Affairs

ABOARD USS BLUE RIDGE – The U.S. Navy is conducting routine carrier operations in international waters east of the Korean Peninsula May 13-14.

Following their port visit in Busan, Republic of Korea, the USS Nimitz aircraft carrier strike group began routine operations today with the Republic of Korea Navy in the Sea of Japan.

U.S. Navy ships scheduled to participate include the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68) with the embarked Commander Carrier Strike Group 11 and carrier Air Wing 11, the guided-missile cruisers USS Princeton (CG 59) and USS Chosin (CG 65) and guided missile destroyer USS Preble (DDG 88).

The operations are taking place beyond the territorial seas of any coastal nations and are intended to reinforce regional security and stability, enhance interoperability with our allies, and increase operational proficiency and readiness. The operations include integrated flight operations, air defense events, surface warfare training events, precision ship maneuvers, and liaison officer exchanges.

The U.S. Navy frequently operates in international waters around the world and has conducted numerous operations and exercises in this area. Most recently, the USS George Washington (CVN 73) CSG conducted similar operations in the waters west of the Korean Peninsula in June 2012. Similarly, and aside from Nimitz’s visit that concluded yesterday, U.S. aircraft carriers frequently visit the Korean Peninsula; most recently USS George Washington in June 2012.

The U.S. Navy is committed to helping enhance the security and stability of the Indo-Asia-Pacific region, and our forward-presence activities and engagements in this region are routine. U.S. military operations and exercises are a part of a larger forward-presence posture to strengthen our alliances and partnerships, and established security cooperation activities. U.S. forward presence is in accordance with international law, preserves the rights, freedoms, and uses of the sea guaranteed to all nations, and contributes to economic development and international commerce.

For a list of participating Republic of Korea navy assets, please contact the Republic of Korea Ministry of Defense.

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U.S. Navy to Conduct Operations off Korean Peninsula | Commander, U.S. Pacific Fleet

In this file photo, USS Nimitz (CVN 68) transits the Pacific Ocean in April. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Michael D. Cole)

ABOARD USS BLUE RIDGE – The U.S. Navy is conducting routine carrier operations in international waters east of the Korean Peninsula May 13-14.

Following their port visit in Busan, Republic of Korea, the USS Nimitz aircraft carrier strike group (NIMCSG) began routine operations with the Republic of Korea Navy.

U.S. Navy ships scheduled to participate include the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68) with the embarked Commander Carrier Strike Group 11 and carrier Air Wing 11; the guided-missile cruisers USS Princeton (CG 59) and USS Chosin (CG 65); and guided missile destroyer USS Preble (DDG 88).

The operations are taking place beyond the territorial seas of any coastal nations and are intended to reinforce regional security and stability, enhance interoperability with our allies, and increase operational proficiency and readiness. The operations include integrated flight operations, air defense events, surface warfare training events, precision ship maneuvers, and liaison officer exchanges.

The U.S. Navy frequently operates in international waters around the world and has conducted numerous operations and exercises in this area. Most recently, the USS George Washington (CVN 73) CSG conducted similar operations in the waters west of the Korean Peninsula in June 2012. Similarly, and aside from Nimitz’s visit that concluded yesterday, U.S. aircraft carriers frequently visit the Korean Peninsula; most recently USS George Washington in June 2012.

The U.S. Navy is committed to helping enhance the security and stability of the Indo-Asia-Pacific region, and our forward-presence activities and engagements in this region are routine. U.S. military operations and exercises are a part of a larger forward-presence posture to strengthen our alliances and partnerships, and established security cooperation activities. U.S. forward presence is in accordance with international law, preserves the rights, freedoms, and uses of the sea guaranteed to all nations, and contributes to economic development and international commerce.

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USS Chosin joins 7th Fleet

07 May 2013

USA: USS Chosin Arrives in 7th Fleet

From USS Chosin Public Affairs
 
<< In this file photo, USS Chosin (CG 65) departs Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam on deployment, April 30. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Dustin W. Sisco)
 
PACIFIC OCEAN – The guided-missile cruiser USS Chosin (CG 65) arrived in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of responsibility (AOR) May 4.
 
While in the 7th Fleet, CHOSIN will conduct exercises and port visits to enhance maritime partnerships and promote peace and stability in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region.
 
“It’s been just over a year that I had the privilege of assuming command of Chosin and its exceptional crew,” said Capt. Patrick Kelly, commanding officer. “We are trained, we are focused, and we are ready to operate forward. It is our privilege to be part of Navy’s rebalancing initiative in the Indo-Asia-Pacific. We look forward to operating with our allies, partners and friends in the months ahead — wherever we are needed.”
 
Chosin will join up with the Nimitz Strike Group soon after entering the 7th Fleet AOR. They will participate in training exercises designed to enhance combat readiness through combined training.
Chosin, an AEGIS guided missile cruiser, is capable of executing multiple warfare areas simultaneously to include air, surface, sub-surface and strike. As part of Naval Surface Group Middle Pacific, Chosin operates forward, maintaining the highest standards of readiness in order to promote stability throughout the region.
 
Over the past year, Chosin has completed the Basic Phase of Training and participated in Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) 2012. Most recently, the ship successfully completed the Board of Inspection and Survey (INSURV). Chosin departed from its homeport in Pearl Harbor April 30. The ship’s last deployment to 7th Fleet was in 2010.
 
Chosin follows in the wake of countless ships, aircraft and Sailors that deployed to the region over the past 70 years, continuing the Navy’s ongoing commitment to maintain security and stability in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. The U.S. 7th Fleet AOR spans 48 million square miles, from the International Date Line to the Western Indian Ocean.
 
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USS Chosin Departs for Western Pacific Deployment

02 May 2013

USA: USS Chosin Departs for Western Pacific Deployment

USS Chosin (Wiki Info – Image: Wiki Commons)
By Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Dustin W. Sisco
PEARL HARBOR (NNS) — Sailors aboard the Hawaii-based Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Chosin (CG 65) departed their home port of Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam (JBPHH) April 30 for a scheduled Western Pacific deployment.
 
While deployed, Chosin is scheduled to conduct theater security operations with partner nations while providing deterrence, promoting peace and security, preserving freedom of the seas and providing humanitarian assistance/disaster response.
 
“A little over a year ago I realized a lifelong dream when I assumed command of this mighty warship and its exceptional crew,” said Chosin Commanding Officer Capt. Patrick Kelly. “The crew of Chosin has prepared well for this deployment. We are trained, we are focused, and we are ready to operate forward.”
 
Kelly added, “We are privileged to be part of the Navy’s presence in the Asia-Pacific Region and to represent Surface Group MIDPAC and U.S. Pacific Fleet. We look forward to operating with our allies, partners and friends in the months ahead, wherever we are needed.”
Seaman Victor Pass, assigned to Chosin, expressed his feelings toward going on his first deployment.
 
“I know a lot of people that got to say bye to their families, and it’s going to be real hard on them, I’m sure,” said Pass. “But we’re getting ready to go on deployment, so we’re pretty excited, kind of nervous, but we’re doing a good thing for this country, so it’s worth it.”
 
Chosin is one of 11 surface ships of Commander, Naval Surface Group Middle Pacific. USS Chosin is the first U.S. Navy warship named in commemoration of the First Marine Division’s heroism at the Chosin Reservoir in the Korean War. The ship’s motto is “Invictus,” Latin for invincible or unconquered.
 
“The fine team aboard USS Chosin, led by Capt. Kelly, is well-trained, well-equipped and exceptionally capable of carrying out their mission,” said Rear Adm. Fernandez Frank Ponds, commander of Navy Region Hawaii and Naval Surface Group Middle Pacific. “They have my complete confidence. I also want to recognize and thank the family members and shipmates here on the waterfront for their support of this fine warship and all that she stands for”, Ponds said.
 
“USS Chosin represents our commitment to the CNO’s (Chief of Naval Operations) Sailing Directions: Warfighting first, operate forward, be ready,” added Ponds.
 
U.S. Navy guided-missile cruisers perform primarily multi-mission [Air Warfare (AW), Undersea Warfare (USW), Naval Surface Fire Support (NSFS) and Surface Warfare (SUW)] surface combatants capable of supporting carrier strike groups, amphibious forces, or of operating independently and as flagships of surface action groups.
 
Commander, U.S. Naval Surface Group Middle Pacific leads and manages the overall warfighting capability of the Surface Combatant Force homeported at JBPHH to achieve the highest levels of combat readiness; to coordinate with external organizations for products and services to directly support Surface Combatant Force mission readiness; and to support the Type Commanders and Numbered Fleet Commanders in the development of Surface Warfare requirements, policies, programs, standards, and business practices to meet operational readiness goals.
 
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Ship’s Officers

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USS Chosin Ship’s Officers

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USS Chosin Ready to Deploy, Operate Forward

USS Chosin Ready to Deploy, Operate Forward


Story Number: NNS130429-15Release Date: 4/29/2013 3:33:00 PM

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By Naval Surface Group Middle Pacific Public Affairs

JOINT BASE PEARL HARBOR-HICKAM (NNS) — Sailors aboard the Hawaii-based Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Chosin (CG 65) will depart Pearl Harbor April 30 for a scheduled Western Pacific deployment.

While deployed, Chosin will conduct theater security operations with partner nations while providing deterrence, promoting peace and security, preserving freedom of the seas and providing humanitarian assistance/disaster response.

“A little over a year ago I realized a lifelong dream when I assumed command of this mighty warship and its exceptional crew,” said Chosin Commanding Officer Capt. Patrick Kelly. “The crew of Chosin have prepared well for this deployment. We are trained, we are focused, and we are ready to operate forward.”

Kelly added, “We are privileged to be part of the Navy’s presence in the Asia-Pacific Region and to represent Surface Group MIDPAC and U.S. Pacific Fleet. We look forward to operating with our allies, partners and friends in the months ahead — wherever we are needed.”

Chosin is one of 11 surface ships of Commander, Naval Surface Group Middle Pacific. USS Chosin is the first U.S. Navy warship named in commemoration of the First Marine Division’s heroism at the Chosin Reservoir in the Korean War. The ship’s motto is “invictus,” Latin for invincible or unconquered.

U.S. Navy guided-missile cruisers perform primarily multi-mission [Air Warfare (AW), Undersea Warfare (USW), Naval Surface Fire Support (NSFS) and Surface Warfare (SUW)] surface combatants capable of supporting carrier strike groups, amphibious forces, or of operating independently and as flagships of surface action groups.

For more information about USS Chosin, visit www.chosin.navy.mil>
For more news from Commander, Navy Region Hawaii, visit
www.navy.mil/local/cnrh

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