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Chosin, Chung-Hoon Deploy With Bonhomme Richard ESG

Navy NewsStand

Story Number: NNS070420-09
Release Date: 4/20/2007 1:06:00 PM

By Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Justin P. Nesbitt, Fleet Public Affairs Center Detachment, Hawaii

PEARL HARBOR (NNS) -- Guided-missile cruiser USS Chosin (CG 65) and guided-missile destroyer USS Chung-Hoon (DDG 93) departed Naval Station Pearl Harbor on April 16, joining the Bonhomme Richard Expeditionary Strike Group (ESG) to conduct operations in the U.S Pacific and U.S. Central commands areas of operation.

For Chung-Hoon Sailors, the departure marked a call to duty to support their country.

“This deployment is part of the ongoing global war on terrorism,” said Cmdr. Dave Welch, commanding officer, USS Chung-Hoon. “We deploy to defend America and its interests overseas.”

The deployment began many months ago in the form of pre-deployment underway periods and hours of training evolutions.

“To prepare for this deployment, Chung-Hoon participated in a series of, initially, ship level training exercises and then integrated training exercises with the strike group we are a part of,” said Welch. “It all culminated with a series of exercises in the Southern California area in January and March.

For Culinary Specialist Seaman Rodney Rivera, assigned to USS Chosin, this deployment won’t be like his first.

“This will be my second deployment aboard Chosin. The last time I was single, this time I’m married,” said Rivera. “This time will make things a little different and a little harder.”

A first time separation from loved ones was felt by even the more senior of Chosin Sailors.

“All the other [deployments] have been by myself, this time I have a family I’m leaving behind,” said Chief Cryptologic Technician Collection Davy Feller.

Spouses were on hand at the pier and shared an emotional good-bye with their Sailors as they boarded the ship for departure.

“I’m a little nervous, a little scared, but mainly I’ve been trying to focus on how exciting the homecoming will be,” added a spouse of a Chosin Sailor.

Chosin and Chung-Hoon will join the Bonhomme Richard ESG as multimission anti-air warfare, anti-submarine warfare, and anti-surface warfare surface combatants in support of the war on terrorism.

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