USS Chancellorsville arrives in Yokosuka, beefing up Navy’s Pacific presence
YOKOSUKA NAVAL BASE, Japan — The guided-missile cruiser USS Chancellorsville arrived at its new homeport on Thursday, a move that comes as the Navy continues to shift more of its ships and aircraft to the Asia-Pacific region.
The ship measures 567 feet in length and is the only overseas-based cruiser fitted with the latest Aegis Baseline 9 combat system. Chancellorsville’s crew consists of approximately 350 officers and enlisted sailors.
Chancellorsville arrives ahead of the destroyer USS Benfold, which is scheduled to join the Yokosuka-based fleet later this year. The destroyer USS Barry, which recently underwent significant upgrades, will arrive either late this year or in early 2016, replacing the USS Lassen.
The USS Ronald Reagan, one of the Navy’s newest aircraft carriers, will also arrive at its new Yokosuka home later this year.