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Sailors aboard the guided-missile cruiser USS Chancellorsville man the rails on June 18, 2015, as they pull into their new homeport at Yokosuka Naval Base, Japan.

Sailors aboard the guided-missile cruiser USS Chancellorsville man the rails on June 18, 2015, as they pull into their new homeport at Yokosuka Naval Base, Japan. (Tyler Hlavac/Stars and Stripes)

Sailors aboard the guided-missile cruiser USS Chancellorsville man the rails on June 18, 2015, as they pull into their new homeport at Yokosuka Naval Base, Japan.

Sailors aboard the guided-missile cruiser USS Chancellorsville man the rails on June 18, 2015, as they pull into their new homeport at Yokosuka Naval Base, Japan. (Tyler Hlavac/Stars and Stripes)

Dock workers install the ramp for the newly arrived guided-missile cruiser USS Chancellorsville on June 18, 2015. Chancellorsville, which is the latest addition to Yokosuka Naval Base, Japan, is the only forward-deployed cruiser fitted with the latest Aegis Baseline 9 combat system.

Dock workers install the ramp for the newly arrived guided-missile cruiser USS Chancellorsville on June 18, 2015. Chancellorsville, which is the latest addition to Yokosuka Naval Base, Japan, is the only forward-deployed cruiser fitted with the latest Aegis Baseline 9 combat system. (Tyler Hlavac/Stars and Stripes)

The Vertical Launch System aboard USS Chancellorsville, shown here after its arrival at Yokosuka Naval Base on June 18, 2015, is one of the guided-missile cruiser’s primary weapons systems. When paired with its forward system, the ship can launch more than 100 missiles.

The Vertical Launch System aboard USS Chancellorsville, shown here after its arrival at Yokosuka Naval Base on June 18, 2015, is one of the guided-missile cruiser’s primary weapons systems. When paired with its forward system, the ship can launch more than 100 missiles. (Tyler Hlavac/Stars and Stripes)

Capt. Curt A. Renshaw, the commanding officer of the guided-missile cruiser USS Chancellorsville, speaks to members of the Japanese media upon arriving at Yokosuka Naval Base, Japan, on June 18, 2015. The Chancellorsville is the only forward-deployed cruised fitter with the latest Aegis Baseline 9 combat system.

Capt. Curt A. Renshaw, the commanding officer of the guided-missile cruiser USS Chancellorsville, speaks to members of the Japanese media upon arriving at Yokosuka Naval Base, Japan, on June 18, 2015. The Chancellorsville is the only forward-deployed cruised fitter with the latest Aegis Baseline 9 combat system. (Tyler Hlavac/Stars and Stripes)

The USS Chancellorsville’s lightweight gun is capable of providing support to ground troops.

The USS Chancellorsville’s lightweight gun is capable of providing support to ground troops. (Tyler Hlavac/Stars and Stripes)

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.

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)

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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