Gordon Pai’ea Chung-Hoon (25 July 1910-24 July 1979). See USS Chung-Hoon (DDG-93) for additional information.
The first U.S. Navy ship named Chung-Hoon.
See Chung-Hoon (DDG-93) for the ship’s Command Operations Reports.
(DDG-93: displacement 9,515; length 510'; beam 66'; draft 32'; speed 30+ knots; complement 312; armament 1 5-inch, 1 Mk 41 Vertical Launch System (VLS) for 96 BGM-109 Tomahawks, RIM-66 SM-2MR Standards, and RUM-139 VL-ASROC Antisubmarine Rockets, 1 Mk 15 Close In Weapon System (CIWS), 2 25 millimeter, 4 .50 caliber machine guns, 6 Mk 32 torpedo tubes, and accommodations for the A/N WLD-1 Remote Mine-hunting System, aircraft 2 Sikorsky SH-60B Light Airborne Multi-Purpose System (LAMPS) Mk III Seahawks; class Arleigh Burke)
Chung-Hoon (DDG-93) was laid down on 14 January 2002 at Pascagoula, Miss., by Ingalls Shipbuilding Division, Litton Industries; launched on 15 December 2002; sponsored by Mrs. Michelle P. Chung-Hoon, the late Rear Adm. Chung-Hoon’s niece; and commissioned on 18 September 2004 at Pearl Harbor, Hi., Cmdr. Kenneth L. Williams Jr., in command.
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-equipped ship. The octagon shield shape alludes to her Aegis configuration. The ship’s namesake honors Rear Adm. Chung-Hoon, recipient of the Navy Cross and Silver Star, for his conspicuous gallantry and extraordinary heroism as commanding officer of destroyer Sigsbee (DD-502). A Japanese kamikaze suicide plane crashed into Sigsbee aft on 14 April 1945. Despite the damage, Chung-Hoon valiantly kept his antiaircraft batteries delivering “prolonged and effective fire” against the enemy planes, while simultaneously directing damage control efforts.
The Hawaiian warrior helmet refers to Rear Adm. 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.
Detailed history under construction.
Mark L. Evans
11 June 2015