PEARL HARBOR, Hawaii (NNS) -- The Navy's newest and most advanced Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Chung-Hoon (DDG 93) held a family cruise Sept. 20 for family members, honored guests of the Chung-Hoon family and crew members.
Chung-Hoon circled the island of Oahu as the crew treated guests to a steel beach picnic and a wreath-laying ceremony to honor the family of Rear. Adm. Gordon Paie'a Chung-Hoon, who commanded USS Sigsbee (DD 502) during the battle of Okinawa.
"It's very important to show the Navy and Americans what their tax dollars are paying for, and to show family members how well trained their sons and daughters are," said Cmdr. Kenneth L. Williams Jr., Chung-Hoon's commanding officer.
Sailors got to show their family members what they do every day aboard the ship.
"I wanted to show them around the ship," said Sonar Technician (Surface) 1st Class (SW) Patrick Michael Vaughan, who brought his daughter and brother. "I think it's important for the families to be able to see what we do on an everyday basis."
"For the family members, it's very nice to see what their mom, dad, brother, sister, cousin, son or daughter is doing for a living," said Williams. "It's very hard to explain what we do for a living. The easiest thing to do is just to show people what we do."
Family members of Chung-Hoon laid the same wreath used during the ship's commissioning to pay tribute to Chung-Hoon's borther Harold, who watched from his home in Waianae.
"We're out here for him and to be a part of the celebration," said Robert Kumo'o St. Claire, nephew of Chung-Hoon. "It was important for our Hawaiian heritage that we pay respect and honor to him."
All of the family members agreed the ride aboard Chung-Hoon was a great experience, and they were very thankful to see their Sailors.
"I've never been on a ship," said David Marks, whose son is stationed aboard the ship. I've never even been near military ships. Getting a ride on a destroyer is excellent. It's great to see how well [Sailors] really get along."
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