Navy League Honolulu Council 'Adopts' USS Chung-Hoon


Story Number: NNS091215-22Release Date: 12/15/2009 4:49:00 PM
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By Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Robert Stirrup, Commander, Navy Region Hawaii Public Affairs

PEARL HARBOR (NNS) -- Navy League Honolulu Council (NLHC) held an adoption ceremony for the guided-missile destroyer USS Chung-Hoon (DDG 93) on the ship's flight deck Dec. 14.

The ceremony was held to formally recognize the partnership between Chung-Hoon and NLHC.

"It is a great honor to adopt the USS Chung-Hoon here today," said Don Morrison, president of NLHC. "We at NLHC felt that if there was a ship to adopt, it should be the Chung-Hoon. This ship is named after a service member that was Hawaiian-born and NLHC has participated in many events involving Chung-Hoon."

Cmdr. Michael McCartney, commanding officer of Chung-Hoon, extended his thanks for NLHC's involvement with Chung-Hoon.

"I want to take this time to say thank you for NLHC's commitment to Chung-Hoon," said McCartney. "NLHC has been involved with this ship since the commissioning ceremony back in 2004. They [NLHC] will no longer just be friends of Chung-Hoon, they will now be shipmates."

One way the Navy League furthers this objective is through the "adoption" of ships and units of the sea services. The purpose of adopting a ship, station, or other military unit or facility is to concentrate the efforts of local Navy League members on that particular ship or station.

USS Chung-Hoon was named in honor of Rear Adm. Gordon Pai'ea Chung-Hoon. Chung-Hoon is a recipient of the Navy Cross and Silver Star for conspicuous gallantry and extraordinary heroism as commanding officer of USS Sigsbee (DD 502) from May 1944 to October 1945.

The mission of the Navy League is to educate American citizens and their elected officials about naval matters and the importance of sea power to keeping the seas free.

For more news from Commander, Navy Region Hawaii, visit www.navy.mil/local/cnrh/.

 
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Kahu Ray Ganotise performs a traditional Hawaiian blessing while Cmdr. Michael McCartney looks on.
091214-N-3666S-035 PEARL HARBOR (Dec. 14, 2009) Kahu Ray Ganotise performs a traditional Hawaiian blessing while Cmdr. Michael McCartney, commanding officer of the guided-missile destroyer USS Chung-Hoon (DDG 93), looks on during an adoption ceremony hosted by Navy League Honolulu Council (NLHC) aboard the ship's flight deck. The ceremony was held to formally recognize the partnership between Chung-Hoon and NLHC. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Robert Stirrup/Released)
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