POSTED: 07:38 p.m. HST, Jun 01, 2011
LAST UPDATED: 12:27 a.m. HST, Jun 02, 2011
The Pearl Harbor-based guided-missile destroyer USS Chung-Hoon deployed to the Western Pacific.
The Navy says the ship's 280 sailors are expected to work with coalition partners also deployed to the region. The vessel departed Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam Wednesday.
Last year, the Chung-Hoon and the Philippine coast guard practiced boarding and searching vessels in the Sulu Sea when the destroyer deployed to the region.
The destroyer provided support for U.S. and Philippine counterinsurgency efforts against militants in the southern part of the Philippines. It also participated in exercises with other U.S. forces off Guam and in drills with the Singapore navy.