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USS Chung-Hoon Departs Subic Bay, Philippines After Scheduled Port Visit

20 April 2023

From Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Andre T. Richard

The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Chung-Hoon (DDG 93) departed Subic Bay, Philippines, following a scheduled port visit, April 17.

SOUTH CHINA SEA (April 17, 2023) Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Chung-Hoon (DDG 93) practices underway replenishment approaches with the Philippine Navy Phoang-class corvette BRP Conrado Yap (PS 39). USS Chung-Hoon is on a routine deployment to U.S. 7th Fleet and is assigned to Commander, Task Force (CTF 71)/ Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 15. CTF 71/DESRON 15 is the largest forward-deployed DESRON and the U.S. 7th Fleet’s principal surface force. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Andre T. Richard)
SOUTH CHINA SEA (April 17, 2023) Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Chung-Hoon (DDG 93) practices underway replenishment approaches with the Philippine Navy Phoang-class corvette BRP Conrado Yap (PS 39). USS Chung-Hoon is on a routine deployment to U.S. 7th Fleet and is assigned to Commander, Task Force (CTF 71)/ Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 15. CTF 71/DESRON 15 is the largest forward-deployed DESRON and the U.S. 7th Fleet’s principal surface force. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Andre T. Richard)
SOUTH CHINA SEA (April 17, 2023) Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Chung-Hoon (DDG 93) practices underway replenishment approaches with the Philippine Navy Phoang-class corvette BRP Conrado Yap (PS 39). USS Chung-Hoon is on a routine deployment to U.S. 7th Fleet and is assigned to Commander, Task Force (CTF 71)/ Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 15. CTF 71/DESRON 15 is the largest forward-deployed DESRON and the U.S. 7th Fleet’s principal surface force. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Andre T. Richard)
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SOUTH CHINA SEA (April 17, 2023) Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Chung-Hoon (DDG 93) practices underway replenishment approaches with the Philippine Navy Phoang-class corvette BRP Conrado Yap (PS 39). USS Chung-Hoon is on a routine deployment to U.S. 7th Fleet and is assigned to Commander, Task Force (CTF 71)/ Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 15. CTF 71/DESRON 15 is the largest forward-deployed DESRON and the U.S. 7th Fleet’s principal surface force. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Andre T. Richard)
Photo By: Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Andre T. Richard
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“The crew of USS Chung-Hoon had a fantastic time in Subic Bay,” said Cmdr. Kevin Schaeffer, Chung-Hoon’s commanding officer. “We were very grateful for the warm hospitality of the people of the Philippines. We relished the opportunity to meet with Philippine nationals during our community outreach event, which was a great opportunity to learn more about Filipino culture. Additionally, the joint training and exercises we conducted with the Philippine Navy, both at sea in international waters and ashore, were an excellent way to enhance our joint interoperability. We are excited to return to Subic Bay and continue to make lasting memories and further our cooperation with a very important regional ally.”

SUBIC BAY, Philippines (April 17, 2023) Commanding Officer of the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Chung-Hoon (DDG 93), Cmdr. Kevin Schaeffer exchanges gifts with Philippine Navy Operations Officer Lt. Cmdr. Randy Garbo assigned to the Phoang-class corvette BRP Conrado Yap (PS 39) aboard Chung-Hoon. USS Chung-Hoon is on a routine deployment to U.S. 7th Fleet and is assigned to Commander, Task Force (CTF 71)/ Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 15. CTF 71/DESRON 15 is the largest forward-deployed DESRON and the U.S. 7th Fleet’s principal surface force. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Andre T. Richard)
SUBIC BAY, Philippines (April 17, 2023) Commanding Officer of the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Chung-Hoon (DDG 93), Cmdr. Kevin Schaeffer exchanges gifts with Philippine Navy Operations Officer Lt. Cmdr. Randy Garbo assigned to the Phoang-class corvette BRP Conrado Yap (PS 39) aboard Chung-Hoon. USS Chung-Hoon is on a routine deployment to U.S. 7th Fleet and is assigned to Commander, Task Force (CTF 71)/ Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 15. CTF 71/DESRON 15 is the largest forward-deployed DESRON and the U.S. 7th Fleet’s principal surface force. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Andre T. Richard)
SUBIC BAY, Philippines (April 17, 2023) Commanding Officer of the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Chung-Hoon (DDG 93), Cmdr. Kevin Schaeffer exchanges gifts with Philippine Navy Operations Officer Lt. Cmdr. Randy Garbo assigned to the Phoang-class corvette BRP Conrado Yap (PS 39) aboard Chung-Hoon. USS Chung-Hoon is on a routine deployment to U.S. 7th Fleet and is assigned to Commander, Task Force (CTF 71)/ Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 15. CTF 71/DESRON 15 is the largest forward-deployed DESRON and the U.S. 7th Fleet’s principal surface force. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Andre T. Richard)
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SUBIC BAY, Philippines (April 17, 2023) Commanding Officer of the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Chung-Hoon (DDG 93), Cmdr. Kevin Schaeffer exchanges gifts with Philippine Navy Operations Officer Lt. Cmdr. Randy Garbo assigned to the Phoang-class corvette BRP Conrado Yap (PS 39) aboard Chung-Hoon. USS Chung-Hoon is on a routine deployment to U.S. 7th Fleet and is assigned to Commander, Task Force (CTF 71)/ Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 15. CTF 71/DESRON 15 is the largest forward-deployed DESRON and the U.S. 7th Fleet’s principal surface force. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Andre T. Richard)
Photo By: Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Andre T. Richard
VIRIN: 230417-N-XX566-1255


During the port visit, Philippine Navy Sailors visited the ship to receive training on underway replenishment procedures from Chung-Hoon Sailors.

“It was a great opportunity to work with our partners while conducting underway replenishment training,” said Boatswain’s Mate 2nd Class Jose Maria Garcia, from Merced, California. “I appreciated the fact that the Philippine Sailors were genuinely interested in the training and had great questions about how we conduct replenishment operations. It made me have more of an appreciation for what we do every day.”

SOUTH CHINA SEA (April 17, 2023) Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Chung-Hoon (DDG 93) practices underway replenishment approaches with the Philippine Navy Phoang-class corvette BRP Conrado Yap (PS 39). USS Chung-Hoon is on a routine deployment to U.S. 7th Fleet and is assigned to Commander, Task Force (CTF 71)/ Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 15. CTF 71/DESRON 15 is the largest forward-deployed DESRON and the U.S. 7th Fleet’s principal surface force. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Andre T. Richard)
SOUTH CHINA SEA (April 17, 2023) Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Chung-Hoon (DDG 93) practices underway replenishment approaches with the Philippine Navy Phoang-class corvette BRP Conrado Yap (PS 39). USS Chung-Hoon is on a routine deployment to U.S. 7th Fleet and is assigned to Commander, Task Force (CTF 71)/ Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 15. CTF 71/DESRON 15 is the largest forward-deployed DESRON and the U.S. 7th Fleet’s principal surface force. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Andre T. Richard)
SOUTH CHINA SEA (April 17, 2023) Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Chung-Hoon (DDG 93) practices underway replenishment approaches with the Philippine Navy Phoang-class corvette BRP Conrado Yap (PS 39). USS Chung-Hoon is on a routine deployment to U.S. 7th Fleet and is assigned to Commander, Task Force (CTF 71)/ Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 15. CTF 71/DESRON 15 is the largest forward-deployed DESRON and the U.S. 7th Fleet’s principal surface force. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Andre T. Richard)
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SOUTH CHINA SEA (April 17, 2023) Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Chung-Hoon (DDG 93) practices underway replenishment approaches with the Philippine Navy Phoang-class corvette BRP Conrado Yap (PS 39). USS Chung-Hoon is on a routine deployment to U.S. 7th Fleet and is assigned to Commander, Task Force (CTF 71)/ Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 15. CTF 71/DESRON 15 is the largest forward-deployed DESRON and the U.S. 7th Fleet’s principal surface force. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Andre T. Richard)
Photo By: Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Andre T. Richard
VIRIN: 230417-N-XX566-1429


For some sailors it was more of a homecoming than a port visit.

“I haven’t been home in over 13 years, but it felt like I never left because everyone welcomed me with open arms,” said Yeoman 1st Class Justine Everett, from Antipolo City, Philippines. “Listening to everyone onboard tell me the people were very welcoming and hospitable made me proud to be Filipina.”

SUBIC BAY, PHILIPPINES (April 17, 2023) Boatswain’s Mate 2nd Class Josemaria Garcia gives underway replenishment training to Philippine Navy Sailors assigned to the Phoang-class corvette BRP Conrado Yap (PS 39) aboard the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Chung-Hoon (DDG 93). USS Chung-Hoon is on a routine deployment to U.S. 7th Fleet and is assigned to Commander, Task Force (CTF 71)/ Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 15. CTF 71/DESRON 15 is the largest forward-deployed DESRON and the U.S. 7th Fleet’s principal surface force. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Andre T. Richard)
SUBIC BAY, Philippines (April 17, 2023) Boatswain’s Mate 2nd Class Josemaria Garcia gives underway replenishment training to Philippine Navy Sailors assigned to the Phoang-class corvette BRP Conrado Yap (PS 39) aboard the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Chung-Hoon (DDG 93). USS Chung-Hoon is on a routine deployment to U.S. 7th Fleet and is assigned to Commander, Task Force (CTF 71)/ Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 15. CTF 71/DESRON 15 is the largest forward-deployed DESRON and the U.S. 7th Fleet’s principal surface force. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Andre T. Richard)
SUBIC BAY, PHILIPPINES (April 17, 2023) Boatswain’s Mate 2nd Class Josemaria Garcia gives underway replenishment training to Philippine Navy Sailors assigned to the Phoang-class corvette BRP Conrado Yap (PS 39) aboard the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Chung-Hoon (DDG 93). USS Chung-Hoon is on a routine deployment to U.S. 7th Fleet and is assigned to Commander, Task Force (CTF 71)/ Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 15. CTF 71/DESRON 15 is the largest forward-deployed DESRON and the U.S. 7th Fleet’s principal surface force. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Andre T. Richard)
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SUBIC BAY, Philippines (April 17, 2023) Boatswain’s Mate 2nd Class Josemaria Garcia gives underway replenishment training to Philippine Navy Sailors assigned to the Phoang-class corvette BRP Conrado Yap (PS 39) aboard the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Chung-Hoon (DDG 93). USS Chung-Hoon is on a routine deployment to U.S. 7th Fleet and is assigned to Commander, Task Force (CTF 71)/ Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 15. CTF 71/DESRON 15 is the largest forward-deployed DESRON and the U.S. 7th Fleet’s principal surface force. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Andre T. Richard)
Photo By: Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Andre T. Richard
VIRIN: 230417-N-XX566-1263


Chung-Hoon is assigned to Commander, Task Force 71/Destroyer Squadron (DESRON 15), the Navy’s largest forward-deployed DESRON and the U.S. 7th Fleet’s principal surface force.

7th Fleet is the U.S. Navy's largest forward-deployed numbered fleet, and routinely interacts and operates with allies and partners in preserving a free and open Indo-Pacific region.

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