29 September 2014

Four US warships now in Subic Bay with arrival of USS Halsey

USS Halsey (DDG 97), an Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyer arrives in Subic Bay today for a routine port call, bringing to four American navy ships now docked in this former US naval base now premier freeport.

The USS Peleliu and USS Germantown arrived in Subic Bay over the weekend carrying around 1,300 US sailors to take part in PHIBLEX 15, a bilateral annual military exercise. The USS Peleliu (LHA 5) is an amphibious assault ship while the USS Germantown (LSD 42) is an amphibious dock landing ship of the U.S. 7th Fleet.

The exercises commenced today and will run until October 10 throughout Luzon and Palawan.

The USS Frank Cable, a ship that provides repairs and support to submarines, is also docked at the freeport for its routine port call.

A press release from the US Embassy says the visit of USS Halsey will allow the ship to replenish supplies as well as give the crew an opportunity for rest and relaxation. While in Subic Bay, the sailors of USS Halsey are eager to enjoy Olongapo City and strengthen their understanding of a country with historical ties to the United States and the U.S. Navy.

The USS Halsey, named after Fleet Admiral William Frederick "Bull" Halsey Jr. (1882-1959), is part of the U.S. Pacific Fleet and is homeported at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii. The USS Halsey is commanded by CDR Linda Seymour. (RBB/SNL)