San Diego warship transferred to Japan

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SAN DIEGO — The guided-missile cruiser USS Chancellorsville will leave its homeport of San Diego later this year to join the Forward Deployed Naval Forces in Yokosuka, Japan, the Navy announced Friday.

The 567-foot Chancellorsville, which carries about 340 enlisted personnel and 60 officers, will leave San Diego sometime this summer, according to a U.S. Pacific Fleet Public Affairs statement.

“As part of the U.S. Navy’s long-range plan to send the most advanced and capable units to the Asia-Pacific, Chancellorsville will leave her homeport of San Diego and deploy to Yokosuka in the summer of 2015,” the statement said.

The vessel underwent a modernization upgrade that fitted her with the Navy’s latest Aegis Baseline 9 combat system, which includes state-of-the-art air, surface and undersea warfare systems needed to directly support a carrier strike group, according to the Navy.

The Chancellorsville is named for the Battle of Chancellorsville, which took place in Chancellorsville, Virginia, during the American Civil War.

Navy ships are rarely named after battles in which Confederate forces won over Union forces but the Battle of Chancellorsville is known as one of Gen. Robert E. Lee’s best because there were twice as many Union soldiers as Confederate ones and the Confederates still managed to win, largely in part to Lee’s risky decision to split up his force.

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