20 May 2016

US carrier strike group arrives in Subic

A carrier strike group of the US Navy arrived in Subic Bay on Friday (May 20) and will be in Manila on Saturday, the US Embassy announced.

The arrival of the carrier strike group came two days after the Pentagon announced that two Chinese fighter jets had intercepted a US surveillance plane over the South China Sea.

Nuclear-powered supercarrier, the USS John C. Stennis while en route to the Philippines (photo from USS John C.
Stennis Facebook page)

The strike group led by the USS John C. Stennis (CVN-74), a nuclear-powered supercarrier that can carry at least 90 fixed-wing aircraft, will be in the country for a "routine visit".

Escorting the supercarrier are guided-missile destroyers USS Stockdale, USS Chung-Hoon and USS William P. Lawrence and guided-missile cruiser USS Mobile Bay.

“We are excited to visit Manila and Subic Bay. This is a great opportunity for our Sailors to see the sights and experience the warm hospitality of the Filipino people,” said Rear Admiral Marcus Hitchcock, strike group commander.

“Many of our Sailors look forward to reconnecting with family and friends in the local area.”

While in the Philippines, strike group personnel will conduct cultural exchanges with the people of the Philippines by participating in community relations projects (COMRELS). Sailors plan to visit local elementary schools, cemeteries, memorials, and a medical center. (GMA News)