PEARL HARBOR, Hawaii (NNS) -- The Navy's newest ship, the guided-missile destroyer USS Chung-Hoon (DDG 93), arrived Sept. 10 at her new homeport of Naval Station Pearl Harbor.
During the last week, since departing San Diego, the crew and contractors charged with bringing Chung-Hoon to life have been busy wrapping up a number of testing batteries and certifications. All of these were necessary steps along the way in ensuring the Navy's newest warfighter is fit and ready to do the job for which she was built.
Among the many trials she underwent were a battery of acoustic measurements.
According to Lt. j.g. Mike Ward, Chung-Hoon's antisubmarine warfare officer, these measurements done in conjunction with the engineering team amounted to 24 hours of continuous running back and forth in front of a hydrophone.
"Several different configurations with various combinations of equipment running were tried," Ward said. Each of these combinations were assessed at various speeds to ensure that there were no unexpected sounds coming from the ship. Ward was pleased to add, "All the measures conducted were equal or better than the average for this class of DDG."
The crew's naval surface fire support (NSFS) skills were tested to determine the accuracy of the 5-inch 62-caliber main gun aboard Chung-Hoon. During the NSFS test, more than 95 percent accuracy was achieved.
In addition, the ship had the opportunity to be introduced to the rest of the U.S. Pacific Fleet for the first time in an operational environment. Combat system links were established with other ships operating in the testing range to allow the flow of real-time data between ships.
Overall, Cmdr. Kenneth Williams, Chung-Hoon's commanding officer, was pleased with the performance of the ship and her crew.
"I was very impressed with how well-built the ship is, and how knowledgeable and well-trained the crew has become," he said. "With acoustic workups completed off San Diego," he added, "we're off to a great start to our Pacific Fleet experience."
Chung-Hoon is named in honor of Navy Cross and Silver Star for Gallantry awardee Rear Adm. Gordon Paiea Chung-Hoon.
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