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PORT VILA, Vanuatu (Vanuatu Daily Post, May 10) – Regional U.S. Navy husbanding agent, Glenn Defense Marine, handling the visit of U.S. warship USS Chung Hoon have called Daily Post to rectify that the warship is on a goodwill visit in Vanuatu.

Andre Francis from Glenn Defense Marine said yesterday’s front-page story unfortunately painted an "unfriendly" image of the ship’s visit. And he said the 400-meter exclusive boundary was mainly for basic security reasons.

The previous U.S. warship that berthed at the Port Vila harbor was USS O’Kane last year, not early this year as stated in the article. The USS Chung-Hoon is the U.S. Navy's newest and most technologically advanced ship commissioned in 2004 at Ford Island in Honolulu, Hawaii. The ship is named after Rear Admiral Gordon Pai'ea Chung-Hoon, a war hero born in Honolulu.

The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer is home-ported at Pearl Harbor, where Chung-Hoon served during World War II, attached to the USS Arizona during the surprise attack by the Japanese on December 7, 1941.

May 12, 2006

Vanuatu Daily Post: http://www.vanuatudaily.com

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