US aircraft carrier arrives in Manila for port call
Pia Lee-Brago (The Philippine Star) - August 8, 2019 - 12:00am

MANILA, Philippines — The US Navy’s aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan arrived in Manila yesterday for a brief port call after sailing through the disputed South China Sea.

“The port visit is a 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,” US Ambassador Sung Kim said.

While in Manila, the US and Philippine Navies will participate in sporting events, engage in senior leadership exchanges and community relations as well as cultural events.

The USS Ronald Reagan will also host ship tours for students. 

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).

The ships participated in the US-Australian bilateral exercise Talisman Sabre.

Rear Admiral Karl Thomas, commader of Task Force 70, said officers and sailors of Carrier Strike Group 5 would have the chance to deepen ties with their Filipino counterparts.

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