Monday, April 29, 2013

USS Chosin Ready to Deploy, Operate Forward

USS Chosin Ready to Deploy, Operate Forward



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
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