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USS Chosin deploys to western Pacific

By Associated Press

LAST UPDATED: 07:27 a.m. HST, Apr 30, 2013

U.S. Navy / january 2011The cruiser USS Chosin is the first warship to undergo modernization at Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard as part of a 10-year, $1.86 billion Navy overhaul program. Next up was the USS Russell, but that work could instead take place on the West Coast to save money.

The guided-missile cruiser USS Chosin is deploying from Hawaii to the western Pacific Ocean.

The Navy says the Chosin will provide deterrence and humanitarian assistance while deployed.

The ship is scheduled to leave Pearl Harbor today.

The Chosin is named in commemoration of the First Marine Division's heroism at the Chosin Reservoir during the Korean War.

The guided missile cruiser is equipped to combat threats from under water, from the air and from other surface ships. It's capable of operating in support of carrier strike groups, amphibious forces or of operating independently.

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