Homecoming for USS Chosin after mission of peace

By Cam Tran
Published On: Nov 22 2013 03:47:09 PM HST
Updated On: Nov 22 2013 08:02:45 PM HST
PEARL HARBOR, Hawaii -

The crowd went wild as blaring horns marked the sign of the USS Chosin's arrival into Pearl Harbor Friday.

After six months at sea, the last few minutes probably seem the longest for people like Gracie Cabara.  She's waiting anxiously for her stepfather, Edward Jensen, to step off of the ship.

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"I've been missing him so much and can't wait to see him," said Cabara.

Then, she spots him.  And it's the hug and kiss she had been waiting for.

"Oh it's great.  A great feeling," said Culinary Specialist Jensen.  "I've been gone for a while so it's really good."

This guided missile cruiser got its unique name from the Battle of Chosin Reservoir.  It was a battle during the Korean War when U.S. Marines were outnumbered and surrounded by Communist troops in North Korea.

The warship's mission this time was one of peace, working with allies overseas.

"On deployment, we worked with our allies and partners," said Capt. Patrick Kelly.  "We do multinational exercises so that should a situation require us to work together, we can do so seamlessly."

While the USS Chosin was at sea, it made a stop in Sydney, Australia where crew members there participated in the International Fleet Review.

Chief Jazmine Farrior said,  "Learn about the other ships as well, so it was definitely a good time."

"It was a once in a lifetime things.  It was great hospitality.  They loved us," said Jensen.

Now these sailors will get a break to spend time with loved ones on the islands before their next deployment.

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