(Via Ho’okele News)
The guided-missile destroyer USS Chung-Hoon (DDG 93) underway during Talisman Saber 2013. U.S. Navy photo by MC3 Paul Kelly
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USS Chung-Hoon (DDG 93)
The guided-missile destroyer USS Chung-Hoon (DDG 93) will undergo a large overhaul of its physical structure and various mechanical and electronic systems at Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard.
Though it is not uncommon for a ship to be in port for two weeks or even a month at a time while minor work is completed, this five-month extended period of maintenance is a new occurrence for most of the current crew. With its upgraded capabilities, it can provide the best possible support to U.S. Pacific Fleet.
“It’s easy to feel like we aren’t doing what we signed up for as Sailors when we’re just sitting next to the pier,” said best – defending America’s interests over the horizon.”
To keep their skills sharp, Chung-Hoon Sailors will crossdeck to other ships on the waterfront as well as make use of the various shore-based simulators and training systems available in and around Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam.
There will be scaffolding and power tools on the ship, and many of the training systems that the Sailors rely on will be temporarily out of commission. To mitigate these risks, Sailors aboard Chung-Hoon will be required to undergo focused safety training and use additional personal protective equipment when moving about the ship.
Command Master Chief Chris Detje warned against complacency and a lack of focus. “The ship will be in a vulnerable period where training and safety can easily be overlooked,” said Detje. “This maintenance period should be taken every bit as seriously as a deployment work-up phase, so that we remain safe and proficient and can hit the ground running as soon as we are out of the yards.”
Indeed, training and safety are emphasized at all levels and in all spaces.
“For the last two years, and really for most Sailors’ entire careers, our job has been to prepare for deployments and to focus on carrying out the Navy’s mission abroad,” said Lt. Cmdr. Tom Ogden, Chung-Hoon’s executive officer.
“Now it’s time to shift our focus and approach this maintenance period with the same intensity and commitment,” he said.