US aircraft carrier, cruiser arrive in Manila

United States Navy Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) and Ticonderoga-class guided missile cruiser USS Bunker Hill (CG 52) arrived in Manila on April 11 for a scheduled port visit.

“We are excited to visit the Philippines and spend time in this part of the Indo-Pacific,” said Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 9 commander Rear Admiral Steve Koehler. “The Philippines has long been a part of U.S. Navy history, and we look forward to continuing that valued relationship and partnership.”

USS Theodore Roosevelt Public Affairs said during the port visit, Sailors and Marines will participate in cultural exchanges, community relations events, and Morale, Welfare and Recreation (MWR)-sponsored tours to enhance cultural understanding and cooperation between the two countries.

After its visit to Manila, the Carrier Strike Group will continue on their regularly scheduled Western Pacific deployment, conducting a variety of operations, including addressing shared maritime security concerns, building relationships with partner navies and enhancing interoperability and communication with partners and allies throughout the area of operations through exercises and ship visits.

“The TRCSG returned to the 7th Fleet area of operations after successfully completing more than four months in the Arabian Gulf and U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations supporting maritime security, theater security cooperation, and Operations Inherent Resolve and Freedom’s Sentinel,” USS Theodore Roosevelt Public Affairs said.

TRCSG consists of the staff of Destroyer Squadron 23 and the squadrons of Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 17, which includes Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 113, VFA-94, VFA-22, Marine Fighter Attack Squadron (VMFA) 312, Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 139, Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 116, Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 6, Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron (HSM) 73 and Fleet Logistics Support Squadron (VRC) 30.