USS Chancellorsville arrives in Yokosuka, beefing up Navy’s Pacific presence

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The guided-missile cruiser USS Chancellorsville pulls into port at its new Japan homeport, Yokosuka Naval Base, for the first time on June 18, 2015. The Chancellorsville is the newest addition to the 7th Fleet and is the only forward-deployed cruiser fitted with the latest Aegis Baseline 9 combat system. (Tyler Hlavac/Stars and Stripes)
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The guided-missile cruiser USS Chancellorsville pulls into port at its new Japan homeport, Yokosuka Naval Base, for the first time on June 18, 2015. The Chancellorsville is the newest addition to the 7th Fleet and is the only forward-deployed cruiser fitted with the latest Aegis Baseline 9 combat system. (Tyler Hlavac/Stars and Stripes)

USS Chancellorsville arrives in Yokosuka, beefing up Navy’s Pacific presence

by: Tyler Hlavac | .
Stars and Stripes | .
published: June 19, 2015

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.

hlavac.tyler@stripes.com

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