“This visit is a great representation of our strong friendship, partnership, and alliance with the Philippines, as well as a testament to our joint commitment to a free and open Indo-Pacific region,” said U.S. Ambassador to the Philippines Sung Kim.
Task Force 70 Commander Rear Admiral Karl Thomas also said that the port call is a direct reflection of the longstanding relationship between the U.S. and the Philippines and underscores our strong support to peace and stability in the Indo-Pacific region.
“Visiting the Philippines is always incredible and I’m glad that the officers and sailors of Carrier Strike Group 5 will have the chance to deepen ties with our critical ally, while enjoying the culture and beauty of this wonderful country,” Thomas added.
According to the U.S. Embassy, U.S. and Philippine Navy personnel will participate in sporting events, engage in senior leadership exchanges, and take part in community relations and cultural events. The ships will also host tours for students and youth.
The Ronald Reagan Carrier Strike group includes the Nimitz class aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) and the Ticonderoga class guided-missile cruisers USS Antietam (CG 54) and USS Chancellorsville (CG 62).
Together with the Chancellorsville and Antietam, the ship is a forward-deployed to the U.S. 7th Fleet area of operations in support of security and stability in the Indo-Pacific region. (U.S. Embassy in the Philippines)