US Navy minesweeper arrives in Subic Sunday

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MANILA, Philippines–A US Navy ship forward deployed in Japan is set to drop anchor in Subic Bay, Olongapo City for routine refueling and re-supply stop Sunday, the US Embassy in Manila said.

Aside from its routine tasks at the former American naval base, the USS Guardian (MCM-5), an Avenger-class mine countermeasures ship, will allow its crew of around 80 sailors some time off for rest and relaxation.

The ship will stay overnight in Subic before heading off to Puerto Princesa in Palawan for a brief stop, the embassy said in a statement.

The minesweeper’s visit is not open to media.

The USS Guardian is assigned to the US Navy’s 7th Fleet and is deployed in Sasebo, Japan.

Its crew includes eight Filipino-Americans with one, originally from Olongapo City, holding the highest rank among all enlisted personnel.

The ship visit is another in a string of arrivals of US military vessels to the country in recent years.

The Department of Foreign Affairs said that US ships made 197 port calls in 2012, while 444 US aircraft were cleared to land in the Philippines.

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  • ofwme2807

    Welcome to the Philippines US Navy minesweeper can you make a one round, two or repeat sweeps in our Philippine claimed 200nm EEZ in the WPS and ensure on ship mines are dropped there by the Chinks and no foreign enemy subs lurking in the area….You can stay for longer time as you may be needed here our guest…

  • ofwme2807

    Chinese ships patrolling around Hainan and trying to come close to the Phillippine EEZ be aware of the USN minesweeper and maybe underwater subs because accidentally one of your ships might be locked on and boom hurray will be hit if needed…they’re here not only for picnic refueling and recreation but always ready for action…

  • 100% freedom of navigation

    China’s new map is not going to change the location of Scarborough Shoal and other islands that belongs to us. The location of those islands will stay forever connected to the Philippine shores. Those island can not be in China’s position without the whole world noticing it.

    • Loh Chee Leong

      What have not changed is “South China Sea” on the world map that had been there for centuries. 
      Can you change the location of Huangyen Island that has been there too for centuries? 
      Tell the world where the West Philippines Sea is, but do not create stupidity ; the world aware and always prepare to laugh.

      • junsepara

        and you claim all because of  that name???  and india can claim indian ocean because it is in their name?? pacifica palayfay can claim pacific ocean???now who is creating stupidity here, he,he,he, spratley has been there for centuries alright but not your chinese name of huwang ka nga champoy, he,he,he, its even difficult to pronounce douchebaghe,he,he,he, now who makes me laugh, ha,ha,ha,ha,

      • junsepara

        you didn’t even named that sea” south china sea,” douchebag, it was the westerners for navigational Identification of where they are!!! we name it west philippines sea but we cannot claim all of them, philippines are educated and civilized, he,he,he,he, not like your stupidity and bullying, he,he,he, you can’t win chinks, whatever you announce, he,he,he,he,

      • pfc_kulapu

        New Account….
        who u….
        who u before????

      • To_Be_Continued

        What “world” are you talking about??!?! Chinese world? Hhahaha….

      • 100% freedom of navigation

        Titanic sunk in the Atlantic but Ireland did not lay claim to Atlantic Ocean.

      • ofwme2807

        the outside world no longer recognizes SCS it is now called WPS by the free world…

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_WYAZBOJYIUCRLWTYJBORBVTTOI boyfarmer

         One day mainland communist chinese economy will collapse and the Koumintang will take over, abolish china communist party. . . .

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_GEFKD23VGMA54XA4WH4R4AWQUM alfred

        what world you are talking about??? you mean the communist world??

    • bugoybanggers

      Why not include the entire Island of LUZON since LIMAHUNG discovered it?

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_WYAZBOJYIUCRLWTYJBORBVTTOI boyfarmer

         include the moon too to satisfy their greed. . . . .

  • opinyonlangpo

    Hopefully they are not here just to dump their waste and have some goodtime with the local girls.

    • Loh Chee Leong

      They come and go very often, and always make Philippinos very exited and full of hopes.

      • opinyonlangpo

        False hopes.

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_WYAZBOJYIUCRLWTYJBORBVTTOI boyfarmer

         excited

  • chitetskoy

    magwala na ang mga kumunistang grupo. nagwala ba sila noong hinaharass tayo ng mga intsik?

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