US attack submarine arrives in Philippines

United States Navy’s Los Angeles-class attack submarine USS Bremerton (SSN 698) is now in Subic for a routine port visit during its deployment to the Indo-Pacific region, the US Embassy said today, March 1.

“Bremerton’s arrival into Subic Bay means a lot to both my crew and the US submarine force,” said USS Bremerton commanding officer Cmdr. Travis Zettel.

“This is Bremerton’s ninth and final visit to Subic Bay in the ship’s 37 year history. My crew and I are looking forward to the opportunity to engage with the local community while simultaneously preparing the ship for the remainder of our deployment,” Zettel added.

USS Bremerton is scheduled to be retired later this year after nearly 40 years of naval service.

Measuring more than 300 feet long and weighing more than 6,000 tons when submerged, Bremerton is capable of supporting a multitude of missions, including anti-submarine warfare, anti-surface warfare and mine warfare.

“The visit highlights the strong partnership between the United States and the Republic of the Philippines and gives the crew an opportunity to meet the local community living in the Subic area. It also demonstrates the U.S. Navy’s commitment to regional stability and maritime security in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of operations,” the US Embassy said.