US Navy ship arrives days after Russian Nay ships docked in Manila

While Russian Navy Pacific Fleet Udaloy-class anti-submarine destroyers Admiral Tributs and Admiral Vinogradov, and large sea tanker Pechenga are in Manila for a goodwill visit, United States Navy Spearhead-class expeditionary fast transport vessel USNS Millinocket (T-EPF-3) arrived for US Navy 7th Fleet theater security cooperation (TSC) patrol.

The Russian ships arrived June 9 and are expected to stay until June 14.

The US Navy vessel arrived June 11 after visiting Puerto Princesa, Palawan.

The US Navy 7th Fleet said more than 40 servicemembers including the US 7th Fleet band and Fleet Anti-terrorism Security Team Pacific (FASTPAC) Marines will participate in community relations projects and band engagements while in Manila.

American servicemembers will also be given chance to experience the local culture and interact with the city’s citizens.

“Many of the Philippine-born staff also look forward to reconnecting with family and friends while in Manila, and enjoying foods rarely offered outside of the Philippines,” US Navy 7th Fleet said.