U.S. submarine arriving in Subic for routine port call on Thursday

October 3, 2012 9:54 pm 

MANILA, Oct. 3 — A fast-attack nuclear-powered United States submarine is arriving at the former American naval base in Subic Bay, Zambales for a routine port call on Thursday, the U.S. Embassy said.

The USS Olympia (SSN 717)’s visit at Subic Bay — once one of the largest U.S. military installations in the world outside of the American mainland — highlights “the strong historic, community, and military connections between the Philippines and the U.S.,” the embassy said in a statement Wednesday.

USS Olympia (SSN 717), which is based in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, is the U.S. Navy's 104th nuclear-powered submarine and the 95th of the attack submarine fleet.

The original USS Olympia was commissioned in 1895 and, as part of the Asiatic fleet, became the flagship of Commodore George Dewey at the Battle of Manila Bay in 1898.

She is the second U.S. ship to bear the name in honor of the city of Olympia, Washington.

Recently, the U.S. military intensified the deployment of its modern fleets of aircraft, ship and submarines to Australia, Japan, Singapore, the Philippines, Vietnam and other Asian countries as part of its ongoing efforts to reassert its presence and clout as an Asia-Pacific power after years of preoccupation in the war in Iraq and Afghanistan.

The Philippines and the U.S. have a 61-year-old Mutual Defense Treaty or MDT.

Washington has repeatedly pledged to comply with commitments under the MDT that binds the U.S. to help defend the Philippines if it comes under attack from any external force. (PNA)

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