2 US warships to dock in PH

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USS-Gridley (DDG-101). U.S. Navy file photo (http://www.navy.mil)

MANILA, Philippines–Two US warships will dock in Philippine waters on Saturday for a routine port call, the United States Embassy said on Friday.

The USS Gridley (DDG-101), an Arleigh-Burke Class Destroyer which forms part of the US Pacific Fleet, will dock in Cebu.

The ship, named for Captain Charles Gridley, Commander of the USS Olympia who was famously told by Admiral George Dewey to “fire when you are ready, Gridley” in the Battle of Manila Bay during Spanish-American War, is homeported in San Diego, California.

The USS Gridley also docked in Manila Bay last month.

Meanwhile, USS Bremerton (SSN 698), a submarine of Los Angeles class design, will also make a port call in Subic.

She was named in honor of the city of Bremerton in Washington, home to Puget Sound Naval Shipyard and a city with a long association with the US Navy.  She is the tenth ship of the Los Angeles class design, and her keel was laid in Connecticut in May 1976.

Both port calls emphasize the “strong historic, community, and military connections between the United States and the Republic of the Philippines.” It will allow the ships to replenish supplies as well as give the crew an opportunity for rest and relaxation, the US Embassy added in a statement.

Earlier this year, the US signified its intention to boost its presence in the Pacific by deploying a majority of its naval assets by 2020. Amid rising tensions between China and other Asian countries including the Philippines over the disputed Spratly Islands, the US said the deployment of their assets was not meant to challenge China.

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  • tarikan

    Suddenly China is singing a different tune upon seeing more and more U.S. Naval vessels paying port calls in the Philippines. I said once before that what a bully respects is strength.  

    • kanoy

       DREAM ON….China knew long ago…4 Sep 2012 – BEIJING — Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton arrived here Tuesday…. those ships would be here to get cleaned, not to back the ally that made a deal with Al Queda stuck its tail between its legs and took its 53 truck drivers out of Iraq and now thinks American lives should be risked defending the defector,,,get real…

      • darragh scully

        stop talking to yourself 

      • kanoy

         TUCK YOUR TAIL & DON’T COME CRYING TO THE USA TO RISK THEIR LIVES FOR YOU NOW…..

        U.S. Criticizes Ally Philippines Over Leaving Iraq July 13, 2004

        The U.S. criticized the Philippine government’s stated intention to leave Iraq in the face of a death threat against a captured Filipino fuel truck driver, warning it could encourage more terrorism.

        “If we pull out and give in, we project vulnerability,” said Nereus Acosta, a foreign affairs vice chairman in the Philippine House of Representatives. “At the same time we can’t also be seen as numb to the plight of Angelo. It’s our fault for getting into this. We’re paying the price and he’s the sacrificial lamb.”

        SO WHY SHOULD THE USA BE WILLING TO SACRIFICE USA LIVES AND EQUIPTMENT FOR A COUNTRY NOT WILLING TO MAKE THE SAME SACRIFICE? IT SHOULD NOT…..

    • darragh scully

      I think so to. I noticed a few changes in the mood of the reporting this new year. I think since the announcement about Subic and Clarke the Chinese realize how much more they need to do to be able to follow through on their claims and more outer plans. This is just a lull or regrouping though. I am sure they will come back with something more in the future. Sooner or later they are going to claim they have the upper hand, and its likely to happen in the Asian Century. I wish it were as simple as bullying. 

  • kilawon

    polopol talagang tong bansang ito…..tatakbo naman kayo kay uncle! kapal naman ng mukha  nyo matapos nyong paalisin ang military base sa subic! Hypocrites!

    • tigabulacanpo

      oh.. ikaw naman.. anu ka….  kainin mong kulangot mo

      • kilawon

        polpol ka katulad ng gobyerno natin! pagpag eater! pwe

  • http://www.facebook.com/fgbf.Lech84 Markus Lique Umaguing Jr

    purpose of your visit, uncle sam? business, pleasure or you’ll just dump your waste in PHI?

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_Y74B6RY5N37I5JG2KAFGKGFPFA F**kinMO

    Me and my people here in Mindanao I say “YOU ARE WELCOME”

  • superpilipinas

    Magkakalat lang sa Manila Bay at Ermita. Ala namang mapapala.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_DRXM5DJDBWNZ6FEPZDIJYIATNA Billy Mosende

      Ket?  Yun Manila Bay at Ermita ba ay nasa Cebu na? kelan pa?  helerrrrrr?!!!  

  • chikko

    where are the chinese  ships now? …they probably hiding somewhere, afraid  of  US warship in the philippines. you chichen ! ha! ha! ha!

    • kanoy

       the USA would be happy to see China take over the RP and watch all the cockroach politicians scamper out exposing all the money laundering as they try and clear bank accounts out…with the dynasties gone the RP would finally gain freedom

    • truth_will_set_us_free

      THE CHINESE SHIPS WENT TO HIDING.
      THEY KNOW THEY DON’T MATCH WITH
      THE ADVANCE U.S. WARSHIPS.

  • bilango71

    I hope these American ships  pass by the Panatag shoal and stop there to do some observation.

    • kanoy

      i think they should abandon the RP just like the RP abandoned the USA & allies in Iraq,,,the Philippines was not willing to risk the life of 1 truck driver…the US should not risk the life of 1 sailor or marine

      • truth_will_set_us_free

        “THEY SHOULD ABANDON THE RP”
        SAD TO SAY YOUR WISH WILL NOT HAPPEN.
        WHAT A PITY.

      • kanoy

         THE MOMENT 1 US LIFE IS LOST IN DEFENSE OF THIS DEFECTING COUNTRY….IT WILL BE…

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