With all the tension over island disputes in the region, the USA must be relieved to have even more upgraded capabilities in the region now; those capabilities come from the significantly upgraded USS Chancellorsville rejoining its home fleet which is based out of Yokosuka, Japan. The ship is now fitted with the latest Aegis upgrades and poses a significant threat both offensively and defensively to those that would oppose it in the region. It is part of the Navy’s largest ship build up in Yokosuka in 23 years and it is meant to show our allies in the region that we will not be bullied as other countries seek to claim and expand into territories that lie far from their own shores and within claimed territory of other sovereign nations.
The USS Chancellorsville returns to its forward operating base after a 2 year mission in the USA which saw its Aegis systems upgraded and tested during that timeframe. The new upgrades include faster computer systems to speed up processing and reactions to threats, as well as other upgraded radar capabilities. It is part of what the Navy describes as the new Baseline 9 Aegis System. The Navy anticipates the arrival of two more Aegis Baseline 9 equipped ships to arrive in Yokosuka in 2017.
The main mission of the USS Chancellorsville is for carrier battle group defense, but it can quite easily conduct offensive operations if necessary. It currently serves in the battlegroup that is led by the carrier USS Blue Ridge, but that is scheduled to soon be replaced by the Supercarrier USS Ronald Reagan. These ships will give the region some of the most sophisticated capabilities at sea that the US Navy has to offer. The Yokosuka base is vitally important to the US Navy’s ability to respond to threats in the region because it is four days closer in sailing distance to the region than the Navy’s Pacific headquarters in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. On a side note: It is almost ironic how fast things in the world change as we mention Japanese and USA cooperation in the same breath as Pearl Harbor.
So, why would a potential adversary be unwise to go up against the USS Chancellorsville? For starters, I’ll mention the fact that this one billion dollar vessel features some of the most lethal weapon systems on the planet. The ship’s weapon systems comprise of two Mk 41 VLS missile launchers, Tomahawk cruise missiles, ASROC missiles, Mk 46 torpedoes, several Harpoon missile launchers, two deck mounted Mk 45 5-inch lightweight guns, two Phalanx CIWS anti-ship/anti-air systems and two Mk 38 25mm machine guns. That is an impressive display of firepower to say the least.
We always hope that ships such as the USS Chancellorsville will never have to use those armaments in self-defense, or to support aggressive actions, but it’s nice to know they are there just in case. It sure contributes to a significant deterrent for anyone who wishes to carry out acts which undermine the stability of the USA and its allies in the region.
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