In a statement Wednesday, the US embassy said the USS Tucson is one of the stealthiest and most advanced submarines in the world.
Measuring more than 360 feet long, this submarine is capable of supporting a multitude of missions, including anti-submarine warfare, anti-surface ship warfare, strike, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance.
With a crew of approximately 150, the Tucson will conduct a multitude of missions and showcase the latest capabilities of the submarine fleet.
For many of the crew members, this was their first time visiting the Philippines.
“I look forward to learning about the customs and traditions of the Philippines,” said Culinary Specialist 3rd Class Evan Lusk. “I intend to view local sites and look forward to some well-earned rest and relaxation.”
However, some of the Tucson’s Filipino-American sailors had an opportunity to connect with their heritage.
“I am excited to visit my family’s home country and share our native heritage with my fellow shipmates,” said Seaman Christian Bello.
The men have worked and trained hard to prepare the ship for deployment and their performance over the past 11 months has been nothing less than exceptional,” said Senior Chief Electronics Technician Billy Daly Jr., USS Tucson’s chief of the boat. “I am proud to serve with each and every one of these sailors and to be part of USS Tucson.” (SNL)
US fast-attack submarine USS Tucson is one of the stealthiest and most advanced submarines in the world. (US Navy/1st Class David J. Weideman)