“Not being pro USA and anti China, the presence of USS Carl Vinson in the West Philippine Sea is a breath of fresh air for those of us, pro Philippines. It is called, balance of power,” Senator Ping Lacson said in his Twitter account on Friday.
United States Navy Nimitz-class supercarrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) and Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Michael Murphy (DDG 112) are currently in Manila for a routine port visit.
“More than 5,500 Sailors from both vessels will visit local attractions and participate in community service projects while in the Philippine capital,” Carl Vinson Carrier Strike Group (CSG 1) Public Affairs said in a statement.
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).
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.
Sources: https://twitter.com/iampinglacson/status/964430389140897792; https://www.mintfo.com/security-defense/us-supercarrier-destroyer-arrive-in-manila/1351/