US deploys destroyer to South China Sea in response to tension in Spratly Islands

USS Chung-Hoon (DDG 93) guided missile destroyer (click image to enlarge)

The United States Navy deployed the USS Chung-Hoon to the South China Sea. The US Navy deployed her after tensions rose in the region over Chinese incursion in the Spratly Islands. Vietnam has indicated it will have live-fire drill after the Chinese incursion.


The Philippine government reiterated its commitment to dialogue. John Sun says that Beijing is aware of the non-confrontational and keep-thy-anger-till-it-burst attitude of Manila.

USS Chung-Hoon is on independent deployment. She is an Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyer. The Chung-Hoon is 9,200 tons, 155.30 meters long and powered by 4 gas turbine engines. She has 380 officers and enlisted personnel. The Arleigh Burke-class is considered one of the most powerful destroyers ever built. Chung-Hoon is part of the Pacific Fleet and is based in Pearl Harbor.

The USS Chung-Hoon is named after Rear Admiral Gordon Pai’ea Chung-Hoon, a Hawaii native, and the first Asian American flag officer of the United States Navy. He served in World War II.

Hat tip: Reyna Elena on Facebook.

Photo Credit: United States Navy, public domain.

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  • babylou edmilao

    why don’t we put up any project in spratlys,, a resort just to show to the world we owned this and its part of our territory. we should not allow other countries the bully us…..

    • Cocoy

      You know that’s a very good idea.

  • Bert

    O, paano na, paktaylo na Tsina militaly, hini na pede buly-buly sa balko ng navy natin o fishlmen natin.

    This is the best time for the Philippines to install permanent or temporary structures in any atoll or island in the Spratlys we are claiming as our territory while the American battleship is in the area.

    Kelangan samantalahin ng Pinas iyan. O, sige na Pres. Noy, pabili ka na ng mga semento, bakal at kahoy para maumpisahan na ang construction.