|Photo from Embassy of the United States Manila, Philippines|
Subic Bay, Olongapo — A United States (US) Los Angeles-class fast attack submarine has arrived in Subic Bay on Friday for a routine port call that seeks to boost security ties between two government partners, Malacañang Palace and the White House.
USS Chicago visits the country to refill supplies, a statement released by the U.S. Embassy in Manila said.
Additionally, the port call will also give the submarine’s crew an opportunity for rest and relaxation – a quick vacay.
The four (4) day visit happened after the opening of the Balikatan military drills and more than a week after the U.S. President Barack Obama visited the country and signed the Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement (EDCA) between his country and the Philippines. The new defense pact is an initiative between President Barack Obama four Asian countries, including Japan, South Korea, Malaysia and the Philippines.
The port call, according to the U.S. Embassy, will “highlights the strong historic, community, and military connections” between the two countries.
USS Chicago is part of the US Pacific Fleet and is home-ported at Apra Harbor in Guam and capable of supporting various missions including anti-submarine warfare, anti-surface ship warfare, strike, and intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance.
The said submarine is more than 360 feet long and weighs more than 7,000 tonnes when submerged. It is commanded by Commander Lance Thompson and is manned by about 135 sailors. – CentrioTimes.com