USS CHUNG-HOON is the 15th Flight IIA ARLEIGH BURKE - class guided missile destroyer and the first ship in the Navy named after Navy Rear Admiral Gordon P. Chung-Hoon.
|General Characteristics:||Awarded: March 6, 1998|
|Keel laid: January 14, 2002|
|Launched: December 15, 2002|
|Commissioned: September 7, 2004|
|Builder: Ingalls Shipbuilding, West Bank, Pascagoula, Miss.|
|Propulsion system: four General Electric LM 2500 gas turbine engines|
|Length: 508,5 feet (155 meters)|
|Beam: 67 feet (20.4 meters)|
|Draft: 30,5 feet (9.3 meters)|
|Displacement: approx. 9,200 tons full load|
|Speed: 32 knots|
|Aircraft: two |
|Armament: one |
|Homeport: Pearl Harbor, Hi.|
|Crew: approx. 320|
This section contains the names of sailors who served aboard USS CHUNG-HOON. It is no official listing but contains the names of sailors who submitted their information.
Accidents aboard USS CHUNG-HOON:
|August 26, 2004||San Diego, Calif.|
USS CHUNG-HOON is struck hard by a tugboat as it was trying to make up on the detroyer's forward starboard side while berthing at Naval Station San Diego. Damage is minor.
About the Ship’s Coat of Arms:
Dark blue and gold are colors traditionally used by the Navy and recall the sea and excellence. Red is the color of zeal, courage and sacrifice. The trident and three tines represent maritime dominance from the combination of air, surface and undersea warfare technologies into a single AEGIS platform. The octagon shield shape alludes to the AEGIS configuration on a DDG. The ship's namesake honors Navy Rear Admiral Gordon P. Chung-Hoon, recipient of the Navy Cross and Silver Star, for his conspicuous gallantry and extraordinary heroism as Commanding Officer of the Sigsbee, DD 502. He valiantly kept his antiaircraft batteries delivering effective fire in the face of catastrophic damage by a Kamikaze.
The Hawaiian warrior helmet refers to Hawaii, Rear Admiral Chung-Hoon's birthplace, and emphasizes the fighting spirit. The anchor commemorates his distinguished Navy career. The palm wreath symbolizes victory and the triumph of the human spirit. The crossed officer sword and enlisted cutlass represent the leadership, professional excellence, and teamwork in the face of great challenges that beget honor and virtue.
About the Ship’s Name:
USS CHUNG-HOON honors Navy Rear Adm. Gordon P. Chung-Hoon, born in Honolulu, Hawaii, July 10, 1910. Chung-Hoon attended the U.S. Naval Academy and graduated in May 1934. He is 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 to 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, then-Cmdr. Chung-Hoon valiantly kept his antiaircraft batteries delivering "prolonged and effective fire" against the continuing enemy air attack while simultaneously directing the damage control efforts that allowed SIGSBEE to make port under her own power. He retired in October 1959 and died in July 1979.
USS CHUNG-HOON Image Gallery:
The photo below was taken by me and shows the CHUNG-HOON at Naval Station Pearl Harbor, Hi., on March 19, 2010.