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Chosin returns to Hawaii after six-month deployment

Nov. 25, 2013 - 09:39PM   |  
The Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Chosin (CG 65) arrives at homeport at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam on Nov. 22 following a deployment to the western Pacific region. The ship and its crew of nearly 340 sailors conducted integrated operations with allies and partners during the ship's six-month deployment including the International Fleet Review in Sydney, Australia.
The Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Chosin (CG 65) arrives at homeport at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam on Nov. 22 following a deployment to the western Pacific region. The ship and its crew of nearly 340 sailors conducted integrated operations with allies and partners during the ship's six-month deployment including the International Fleet Review in Sydney, Australia. (MCS3 Diana Quinlan / Navy)
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Sailors man the rails as the cruiser Chosin transits Oct. 9 out of Sydney Harbor, Australia. (MC3 Andrew Albin / Navy)

The cruiser Chosin made it home in time for Thanksgiving, returning to Hawaii on Friday after a six-month deployment to the Western Pacific.

Chosin and its 340 sailors left Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam in April and spent their deployment working alongside allies.

A highlight was multilateral-fleet-training exercises in October as part of Chosin’s role in the International Fleet Review in Sydney, Australia. It was a special event for the Aussies, who were commemorating 100 years since the first Royal Australian Navy arrived in Sydney Harbor.

“It was an honor for Chosin to represent the United States Navy in a contingent of more than 20 international warships that joined the Royal Australian Navy in their most significant commemorative event of the last 100 years,” Chosin commander Capt. Patrick Kelly said in a Navy release. “I was especially excited for Chosin’s sailors as this was, for many, a once-in-a-lifetime experience.”

The ship made three port calls in Australia, in addition to Japan, the Philippines and multiple calls in Korea. The crew spent the deployment conducting theater security operations with partner nations.

Chosin is named after First Marine Division’s battle at the Chosin reservoir during the Korean War. One of the veterans of that war, Robert Talmadge, attended the homecoming as a representative of the veterans group the Chosin Few, who lobbied for the ship’s name.

“In 1983, veterans of the Chosin war decided to start their own organization and one of the first things they did was ask the secretary of the Navy to name a ship, a fighting ship, after the Chosin reservoir.”

For the sailors coming home, the deployment will be remembered fondly.

“This was my first deployment, and it turned out to be really fun — especially our port visits to Australia and Hong Kong,” Sonar Technician 2nd Class Joseph Maglione said in the release. “We did a lot of good things and although I had a great time, I am glad to be home.”

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