PHL government, military officials visit US supercarrier

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Philippine government and military officials visited United States Navy Nimitz-class supercarrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) on February 14, the US Embassy in Manila said.

Among the Philippine officials were Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea, Presidential Communications Operations Office Secretary Martin Andanar, Philippine Marine Corps Commandant Major General Alvin ParreƱo, Philippine Fleet Commander Rear Admiral Gaudencio Collado, Department of Foreign Affairs Office of American Affairs Executive Director Louis Alferez, and Department of Foreign Affairs Office of American Affairs Director Corina Reyes.

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The Filipino officials were accompanied by US Ambassador to the Philippines Sung Kim and were welcomed by Carl Vinson Strike Group (CSG-1) Commander Rear Admiral John Fuller and USS Carl Vinson Commanding Officer Captain Douglas Verissimo.

US Embassy photo

Carl Vinson Strike Group is currently operating in the Indo-Pacific region to conduct maritime security operations, promote freedom of the seas, and work with partners and allies to enhance regional security and stability, the US military said.

The aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) transits the South Chna Sea. The Carl Vinson Strike Group is operating in the Western Pacific as part of a regularly schedule deployment. February 10. US Navy photo

The strike group is composed of Nimitz-class supercarrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70), Carrier Air Wing 2, Wayne E. Meyer and Michael Murphy of Destroyer Squadron 1, and guided-missile cruiser USS Lake Champlain (CG 57).

Sources: https://ph.usembassy.gov/philippine-us-officials-visit-uss-carl-vinson/; http://www.pacom.mil/Media/News/News-Article-View/Article/1428948/carl-vinson-strike-group-arrives-in-guam/