The guided-missile cruiser, USS Chosin, which has been homeported at Pearl Harbor since it was commissioned in 1991, will leave the islands Friday for San Diego -- its new homeport following and modernization and upgrade, which the Navy says will extend its life by decades.
The Chosin will begin the cruiser modernization program in San Diego. The ship will be considered on deployment until July 1, at which time it will officially change its homeport to San Diego. The move supports the Navy's plan to modernize select cruisers to extend their service lives to 40 years, as well as upgrade shipboard combat systems to address current and future warfighting requirements.
The USS Chosin is the first U.S. Navy warship named in commemoration of the First Marine Division's heroism at the Chosin Reservoir in the Korean War, "The Chosin Few."
In 1992, the Chosin deployed for the first time to the Persian Gulf in support of Operation Southern Watch. On several occasions over the years, sailors aboard Chosin rescued stranded fishermen at sea, including Iraqi and Yemeni seafarers.
In 2014, the Chosin led recovery efforts of the disabled Canadian navy oil replenishment ship Her Majesty's Canadian Ship (HMCS) Protecteur (AOR 509) after an engine fire. The Chosin participated in humanitarian operations in the Pacific and dozens of international exercises, including Rim of the Pacific exercises in Hawaii.
Capt. Kevin Brand is the commanding officer of the 568-foot Ticonderoga-class cruiser.