US sub’s visit has Palace OK


‘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

MANILA, Philippines—The port visit of the USS Cheyenne, a nuclear attack submarine belonging to the US Pacific Fleet, has been cleared with Malacañang.

Deputy presidential spokesperson Abigal Valte said that although Cheyenne is a “nuclear-powered submarine,” this does not necessarily mean that it is carrying nuclear warheads.

The Cheyenne arrived on Friday at the former US naval base on Subic Bay, Zambales, for a “routine port visit,” according to the US Embassy.

The US Embassy in Manila did not say how long the 110-meter-long submarine would stay in the Philippines.

But Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority (SBMA) chair Roberto Garcia said the USS Cheyenne would be in Subic for a week.

At a briefing in the Palace, Valte clarified that the port visit was not violative of the constitutional ban on the presence of any nuclear armaments in the country.


“Just to clarify, the Constitution prohibits nuclear armaments, not nuclear-powered (vessels). So this is nuclear-powered and this has diplomatic clearance of the DFA, in consultation with the Department of National Defense and our Navy, for a routine ship replenishment,” said Valte.

She said that port calls of US forces were under the auspices of the Visiting Forces Agreement.

“If they need to make a brief stop in Subic, they ask permission from us, providing us with the reason for doing so. In this case, it’s a regular ship replenishment, and we give permission if their documents are in order,” she said.

Since the submarine will be underwater, the Philippine government expects the crew of Cheyenne to “take all the necessary precautions,” said Valte.

On its arrival in Subic, the Cheyenne was welcomed by city officials and residents because of the visit’s perceived boost to local tourism.

‘Always welcome’

Olongapo City Mayor James Gordon Jr. said the US Navy is “always welcome here.”

At about 9 a.m., the Cheyenne moored at the Alava Pier, assisted by tugboats, while vendors displayed their stocks hoping to catch the attention of American personnel who would wander towards nearby bars, hotels, and malls.

As news spread in the Subic free port that the Cheyenne was here for a routine port call, Subic’s tourism-oriented enterprises immediately came to life.

Elsa Santos, 47, a T-shirt vendor, said any American vessel that docks here “means our incomes [will rise].” Although she operates a store in neighboring Olongapo City, Santos said it is “much better to come here because we can sell [our products] at a premium compared to what we can sell in our stores.”

Wood carvings and various other items have already been set up, and have been a semi-permanent presence in front of Alava Pier, where US vessels dock.

“They [Americans] really like souvenirs,” Santos said.

The port visit will allow Cheyenne’s 129 sailors to have rest and recreation in the former US naval base, the largest overseas naval base of America until it was shut down in 1991.

The Subic naval base played a crucial role in the Vietnam and Korean War, and for most of the Cold War era between the US and the defunct USSR.


Same route as Guardian

Cheyenne, reportedly headed for Indonesia, will pass through the route taken by USS Guardian, which remains stuck in the Tubbataha Reefs, a Unesco-World Heritage Site in the Sulu Sea.

The US Pacific Fleet describes Cheyenne as “one of the most capable nuclear attack submarines in the world.”

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

The US nuclear submarine has figured in Tom Clancy’s fictional novel “SSN,” where the Cheyenne battles China’s People’s Liberation Army warships in the disputed Spratly Islands in the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea).

The US Navy website says the submarine is armed with harpoons, Tomahawk missiles and torpedoes and is capable of laying mines. With a report from Robert Gonzaga, Inquirer Central Luzon

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  • Edgardo Mendoza

    philippines is ally of america kick out chinese navy in scarboro

  • PHtaxpayer

    If the USS Cheyenne or any nuclear-powered ship ran aground in PH waters like the USS Guardian, there would be an environmental disaster that would make the Great Gulf of Mexico Oil spill look like a picnic.  Pinoys would see a spike in cancer cases and Pinays will be giving birth to deformed monsters for generations to come if radiation poisoned our waters and atmosphere.

    Two US nuclear subs already sunk accidentally, USS Thresher and USS Scorpion.  The Russians also have their nuke sub accidents.  These ships are very dangerous to have around our seas.

    The PH govt should enforce our 1987 Constitution that no foreign military bases, especially nuclear-powered ships that could potentially cause untold damage to our people and lands.  

  • joboni96

    misdirection lang pala sa tubbataha

    habang naka tingin tayo doon

    1. pumasok itong nuclear sub
    2. nadagdagan ng u.s. marines sa palawan
    3. dumami p3 orion aircraft sa cebu
    4. more u.s. warships sa tubbataha

    nadenggoy na naman tayo ng
    imperyalistang u.s.

    sa gerra nila sa intsik switik

    tubbataha – 1
    imperialist navy – nang pollute

    • Jiro Delaverga

      shot up communist terrorist!!!

      • joboni96

        calla te
        cia call center agent

        kaya lang
        mawawalan ka ng kita

      • Adi Santillan

        ebos calla bobo! 

      • joboni96

        pwedeng hindi ka bobo

        clearly kolonisadong utak
        still falling to the imperialist mythology
        anti-u.s. = red commie

        pro pilipino ini
        kolonisadong utak ikaw

        red commie kapitalista na
        malaking pautang sa imperyalista

      • Adi Santillan

        ikaw communista ang utak mu,,s tingin mu uunlad ang isang bansa n hindi makipg alyansa sa iba??? saan mu dadalhin ang producto mu kung lahat kayo mg sasaka??? kung lahat ng producto mu agrikultura??? anung example mung bansa hindi colonisado N.korea???

      • Adi Santillan

        clearly comunisado utak 
        still falling to the Marxism-Leninism ideology 
        mythology daw hahaha,,,hindi alam ang sinasbe nya your pertaining to greek mythology god,,goddesses,muses and monsters,,hahaha..pagano ka pala e!

    • Jiro Delaverga

      kung makabansa makabayan kang kumag ka bakit wala kang comment dun s Chinese ship n pumasok sa territory ntin at mg sasagawa ng Naval Exercise? pakawala k ng mga comministang terrorista!!! 

      • joboni96

        read all my posts

        ng maka join ka sa mga
        astig pro pilipinos

      • Adi Santillan

        pro pilipino  o pro communist k?,,,, halata nman s mga comment mu e hindi kme bobo boy!

      • joboni96

        pwedeng hindi ka bobo

        clearly kolonisadong utak
        still falling to the imperialist mythology
        anti-u.s. = red commie

        pro pilipino ini
        kolonisadong utak ikaw

        red commie kapitalista na
        malaking pautang sa imperyalista

      • Adi Santillan

        kung galit k sa imperyalista huwag k ng lumayo p,, maraming pilipino ugaling imperyalista dn at kung alam mu simple halimbawa ng imperialist  baka ikw dn isa ndun,,kung ayaw mu sa imperyalista at nationalista k boycott mu lahat ng product nila,,baka kotse mu dyn ay cheve o ford at ultimung toothpaste at sabon mu gawa ng P&G o uniliver o colgate-palmolive. in short wg mung isusuka ang kinakain mu lng dn….

      • Adi Santillan

        comment to ni Mr Sinti sa PDI dtd feb 5,2013 and i quote
        “MGA RADICAL NA RALLYISTA TUTA NG KOMUNISTANG CHINA!!———————————————————————————————————————————–1) MAMAMAYANG NAKIKIBAKA? Kung makabayan kayo bakit banderang pula ng China at Russia ang ipinapaglaban nyo at winawagayway? 
        2) PULANG MANDIRIGMA! Makibaka para sa Tsina? Para maisaksak ang bulok na sistema ng China at Russia? Ano? 1 child policy? Patayin pag may sumobrang anak? Nakawan ang mahirap at takutin sa extortion at revolutionary tax ang mga mayaman? Tapos may lakas kayong sisigaw ng hustisya sa kalsada? Anong klaseng gobyerno ang gusto nyong itatag? Ang pagkaalam ko hindi ganyan sila Andres Bonifacio at ang ibang mga tunay na Pilipinong bayani!! 
        3) Marami na kayong pinatay, mga musmos na pilit na isinama sa inyong samahan, mga walang pinag-aralang magsasaka na inyong inimpluwensiyahan at naburang mga isip, mga kabataan na sana ay nagsusumikap mag-aral ngunit ngayon ay nasa bundok at nagsasanay kung paano pumatay! Hindi lang makadulog ang mga magsasaka na ninanakawan nyo nang hayop na gamit sana nila sa bukid, mga sapilitang paghingi ng ambag na produktong pananim buwan-buwan! Mga manununog at mga nananabotahe ng industriya na sana’y nakapagbigay ng trabaho sa mga mamamayan. Imbes na tuloy-tuloy ang kaunlaran KAYO ANG BALAKID SA PAG-UNLAD NG ISANG BAYAN AT LALAWIGAN!
        4) KAYO ANG YUMUYURAK AT KUMIKITIL NG KATARUNGAN! Marami nang mga pamilya ang naulila dahil sa inyo – maging pamilya man ng militar, mga pinagbintangan nyong mamamayan o kabaro nyo! Marami na kayong binaon sa lupa na mga inosenteng tao! PILIPINO PUMPAPATAY SA KAPWA PILIPINO!
        5) Kung gusto nyo talagang tumulong sa pagbabago ng ating bansa, sana grupo nyo mismo ang bumuo ng mga kapaki-pakinabang na kooperatiba o paraan para matulungan ang mga mahihirap, mga magsasaka, MAGTRABAHO KAYO! KAYO DAPAT ANG TUMULONG WAG KAYO ANG TUTULUNGAN!! MGA TAMAD NA BANDIDO AT PABIGAT NA MANDIRIGMA!!! KAHIT WALANG TULONG ANG GOBYERNO MABABAGO NYO AT MAPAPAUNLAD ANG BANSA NATIN! SA MALIIT AT SARILI NYONG PARAAN!! DI NA KAILANGAN PABAGSAKIN ANG GOBYERNO! O kaya Kung gusto nyo linisin ang gobyerno likidahin nyo lahat nang kurakot na opisyales, pulis at holdaper at dyan malalaman nang taong bayan kung totoo ang mga adhikain nyo! Yan ang talagang pagbabago at paglilinis!!
        Kung sa ibang mabuting paraan nyo na lang sana sinayang at inilaan ang buhay nyo mas magniningning pa sana ang totoong bituin ng inyong puso.
        Di sin sana mas may malalim na kahulugan pa ang ipinaglalaban nyo!! Sayang kayo!Magising sana kayo at ang iba nyo pang mga kasama!”
        and quote.

  • Jiro Delaverga

    ngcomment n ulet ang communistang jobonijalandoni n 2,,lumayas n kau d2 dun kayo s communista nyong bansa. ayaw ng emperyalista kasi communista sila,,,, luma nayang propaganda mo boy tulisa!

  • joboni96

    maging orig ka naman

    sundan mo ung isang Santillan
    noong first quarter storm

    ipinaglalaban ang interes ng pilipino at

    hindi nagpa brainwash sa
    miseducation started by the tomasites

    • Adi Santillan

      at anung interest ang pinagsasaben mo? interest ng mga communista??? ngayon sagutin mo ang tanung ko,, anung magandang naidudulot ng  communista sa bansa natin??? 

      • joboni96

        ang imperyalista

        u.s. – kastila war 1898
        pilipino – u.s. war 1899-1912 1+ million pilipinos died
        u.s. – japan war ww2 nasira pilipinas, 1 million pilipinos died
        u.s. – korea war 1950-1953 100+ pilipino casualties
        u.s. – vietnam war 1960s-70s used philippines as staging area, pilipino casualties

        u.s. – tsina war 20?? modern weapons will result in higher casualties

        gerra every 20 years ang imperyalista sa bayan natin

        yung mga amo mo

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