Cheyenne, Tom Clancy’s attack sub, arriving in Subic Friday

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‘TOM CLANCY’S SUB’ The USS Cheyenne (SSN 773), a Los Angeles-class submarine, is scheduled to arrive in Subic Bay Friday for a routine port visit. This stop in Subic will permit the Cheyenne to replenish supplies as well as offer its crew an opportunity for rest and relaxation. Cheyenne is the primary subject of Tom Clancy’s novel “SNN,” a fictional war over the Spratlys. PHOTO FROM US EMBASSY INFORMATION OFFICE

In Tom Clancy’s world of fiction, it’s a US nuclear submarine that fights China over the disputed Spratly Islands in the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea).

The submarine, according to Wikipedia, is the USS Cheyenne, a nuclear attack submarine belonging to the US Pacific Fleet.

In Clancy’s novel “SSN,” the Cheyenne battles China’s People’s Liberation Army (PLA) warships in the disputed Spratlys.

The Cheyenne is arriving Friday in the former US naval base on Subic Bay, Zambales province, not to battle the PLA but for a “routine port visit,” according to the US Embassy.

Tubbataha mess

Unfortunately the Cheyenne is arriving amid deep embarrassment for the US Navy whose minesweeper USS Guardian is stuck on the southern atoll in the Tubbataha Reefs, a Unesco-World Heritage Site in the Sulu Sea.

In a still unexplained misadventure, the Guardian ran aground on the atoll on Jan. 17.

As the ship is badly damaged, the US Navy has decided to break it apart.

The US Navy is facing investigation and fines in the Philippines for the mess.

The Cheyenne, commissioned in 1996, left port in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, in December for a six-month deployment to the Western Pacific, the US Navy said on its website.

Bombed Saddam

The port call at Subic “will permit the Cheyenne to replenish supplies as well as offer its crew an opportunity for rest and relaxation,” the US Embassy said in a statement issued Thursday.

The Embassy did not say how long the submarine will stay in the Philippines.

The Pacific Fleet describes the 110-meter-long Cheyenne as “one of the most capable nuclear attack submarines in the world.”

The Cheyenne is known to have launched Tomahawk missiles during Operation Iraqi Freedom, the US-led invasion of Iraq in 2003 to bring down the dictator Saddam Hussein and flush out his alleged weapons of mass destruction (WMD).

Saddam fell but no WMD was found anywhere in Iraq.

The US Navy website says the submarine is armed with harpoons, Tomahawk missiles and torpedoes and is capable of laying mines.

The US Navy says the Cheyenne has a crew of 129 sailors.

 

Militant opposition

The activist group Bagong Alyansang Makabayan (Bayan), which has long opposed US military presence in the Philippines, criticized the Cheyenne’s visit, saying it “sends the wrong message that the Philippine government is a pushover.”

“We have to make a point and send a clear message that what happened in Tubbataha was wrong and that the US should be accountable. We can’t act as if it’s business as usual, as if nothing happened,” said Bayan secretary general Renato Reyes Jr.

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  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_4UUZEE3O57TCDCZ6ODAZPQGRYM Kent

    the USA has bases in Germany, UK, Japan, Italy, etc and these are first world countries yet they are not having issues like the anakbayans are raising.. And here is the Philippines who barely cant protect itself na ang astig2x pang mag reklamo but andito.. Remember that USA is the only true super power till know, we have to play with them.. After all they treat us a close ally..

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/VS5EYSP4FPOTVQCJZ24NRE6Z2M Edgardo Mendoza

    UNITED STATES PAY 1 SQUADRON F16 TO THE PHILIPPINE GOVERMENT BECOZ THEY DESTROY CORALS hehehehehehe UNCLE SAM PAY NOW

  • mulanay

    Mga sleeper cells ng China siguro ang mga miembro ng Bayan. Mga Maoist.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/QDXMKS4CCDBGEVGRAGW5QJN4DY Aldrick Lou

    joboni96,, propagandalista ng communista kilusan,,,binabayaran at pinupundohan ang mga yan para gulohin tau kaya araw araw rally sila kaysa mgtrabaho,maniwala kayong magsasaka at mangingisda ang mga yan,,, bayad n mga yan,nakita nyo b o nabalitaang ngrally s chinese embassy mga yan?,, they joint and destroy the government,,,

  • Yobhtron

    Umepal na naman ang kumunistang Bayad Muna!

  • ronald ladatan

    yang bayan muna, league of filipino student or let say komunistang militante kapag bnigyan yan ng U.S. visa tiyak in no-time kuha agad yang mga haupak ng passport at plane ticket bound to america… sabi ni Dr. Rizal, ang kabataan ang pag-asa ng bayan… pero itong si renato reyes et al ay mga PERWISYO ng BAYAN….. tsk, tsk

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