US supercarrier, destroyer arrive in Manila

United States Navy Nimitz-class supercarrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) and Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Michael Murphy (DDG 112) arrived in Manila on February 16 for a routine port visit during a Western Pacific deployment, Carl Vinson Carrier Strike Group (CSG 1) Public Affairs said in a statement.

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

USS Carl Vinson and USS Michael Murphy are both part of CSG 1 together with Carrier Air Wing 2, Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer Wayne E. Meyer (DDG-108), and Ticonderoga-class guided missile cruiser USS Lake Champlain (CG 57).

“We are just very thankful for the support we have from the Philippine government and the Philippine people,” said CSG 1 Commander Rear Admiral John Fuller. “We have a longstanding relationship and we want to continue to build on that.”

CSG 1 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.

Prior to the arrival of US warships, on February 14, Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea, Presidential Communications Operations Office Secretary Martin Andanar, Philippine Marine Corps Commandant Major General Alvin Parreño, 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 visited the above mentioned US supercarrier.

The Filipino officials were transported by a C-2A Greyhound aircraft.