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Hawaii-based destroyer Chung-Hoon deploys

Apr. 2, 2013 - 09:06AM   |  
Sailors aboard the guided-missile destroyer Chung-Hoon (DDG 93) pipe shipmates ashore as they depart the ship one last time.
Sailors aboard the guided-missile destroyer Chung-Hoon (DDG 93) pipe shipmates ashore as they depart the ship one last time. (MCS 2nd Class Tiarra Ful / Navy)
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JOINT BASE PEARL HARBOR-HICKAM, Hawaii — The Pearl Harbor-based destroyer Chung-Hoon is deploying to Asia.

The Chung-Hoon and its crew of nearly 280 sailors will set sail Tuesday from Hawaii.

The ship was originally scheduled to leave at the end of February, but the Navy delayed its departure so the service could plan for and implement automatic budget cuts.

Navy Region Hawaii said Monday the ship will conduct operations with allies and partners while deployed.

The Chung-Hoon is named after the late native Hawaiian World War II hero, Rear Adm. Gordon Paiea Chung-Hoon.

He was awarded the Navy Cross and Silver Star for conspicuous gallantry and extraordinary heroism as the commanding officer of the Sigsbee from May 1944 to October 1945.

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