US carrier strike group arrives in Manila

United States (US) forward-deployed Nimitz-class nuclear-powered supercarrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76), Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruisers USS Antietam (CG 54) and USS Chancellorsville (CG 62) arrived in Manila for a regularly scheduled port visit today, June 26, the US Navy said.

The said warships are all part of Ronald Reagan Carrier Strike Group which is currently on a regularly scheduled patrol in the Western Pacific.

The carrier strike group left Yokosuka, Japan on May 29 for the said patrol mission and participated in the recently concluded Malabar 2018, a maritime warfare exercise with Japan and India in the Philippine Sea.

Carrier Air Wing 5 (CVW5) is embarked on USS Ronald Reagan. CVW5 is the air combat arm of Battle Force 7th Fleet, with warfighting assets that include the F/A-18E/F Super Hornet, EA-18G Growler, C2-A Greyhound, MH-60R and MH-60S, as well as the latest addition of the E-2D Hawkeye.

“Manila is one of the favorite port visits for Sailors in the Pacific thanks to the beauty and welcoming people of the Philippines,” said US Navy Rear Admiral Marc Dalton, commander, Task Force 70. “I’m very proud of all the Sailors in this task force. They are dedicated, capable, professionals and they are the core of the United States Navy, and they allow this task force to conduct its operations.”

“This scheduled patrol is part of our training and operations that we routinely conduct, just as we have for the past seven decades,” said Dalton. “This continued presence in the Indo-Pacific, at sea, and in visits to ports like this, promotes security and stability that has driven the peace and prosperity that benefits all regional countries.”

While in Manila, American Sailors will engage in Morale, Welfare and Recreation (MWR).

Task Force 70 said MWR tours will take Sailors through the forests of the Philippines and to natural springs in the nearby area. Diving and snorkeling tours will be available as well.