Two U.S. navy ships in PHL on routine port calls, crew's R&R

January 29, 2012 10:45 am 

MANILA, Jan. 28 — The United States Navy guided missile destroyer, USS Wayne E. Meyer (DDG-108), is docking at the Manila Bay this weekend, while the USS Chafee (DDG-90) will visit Cebu City, both on routine port calls, the U.S. embassy said.

In announcing the visits, the U.S. embassy said the two navy ships are in the Philippines “to engage with their counterparts in the Armed Forces of the Philippines and perform community relations projects. Such projects usually include school building construction and repairs, and medical/dental missions.

The visits would also allow the ship’s crew an opportunity for rest and relaxation.

”These goodwill visits highlight the strong historic, community, and military connections between the United States and the Republic of the Philippines,” the embassy said.

Two weeks ago, four U.S. senators, led by retired military man John McCain, visited the Philippines and told the press that such visits are part of an expanded program to secure the Asia-Pacific.

In a separate meeting with the press, a Malacanang spokesperson said that while there is an expanded U.S. military presence in the Philippines, this does not imply that a basing arrangement is in the works between the two governments. (PNA)

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