View Full Version : USNS Impeccable,U.S surveillance ship now has a Guided Missile Destroyer Escort

03-14-2009, 12:03 AM
surveillance ship , in scrape now has DDG escort

WASHINGTON — The Navy has assigned a heavily armed destroyer to escort the U.S. surveillance ship that got into a high-seas confrontation with Chinese ships last weekend.

A defense official says the Hawaii-based destroyer Chung-Hoon is keeping a close eye on the unarmed ocean surveillance ship Impeccable as it continues operations in the South China Sea. The official spoke on condition of anonymity to describe sensitive ship movements.

The official says the escort ship joined the Impeccable on Wednesday.

China has demanded that the United States quit surveillance work in a disputed area far off the Chinese coastline. U.S. officials say they won’t back off.

USS Chung-Hoon (DDG-93) is among the Navy’s newest and most sophisticated warships. It joined the fleet in 2004.

USS Chung-Hoon (DDG-93) is an Arleigh Burke-class Aegis destroyer serving in the United States Navy as of 2004. Chung-Hoon was named in honor of Rear Admiral Gordon Pai'ea Chung-Hoon (1910-1979), recipient of the Navy Cross.