WATCH: USS Ronald Reagan docks in the Philippines for the first time
The USS Ronald Reagan is in the Philippines after sailing in the South China Sea unimpeded

AIRCRAFT CARRIER. USS Ronald Reagan in Manila Bay. Photo by Rambo Talabong/Rappler

MANILA, Philippines – Supercarrier USS Ronald Reagan docked for the first time in the waters of the Philippines, a longtime ally of the United States.

Its commanders opened the hatches of the fortress-like vessel for reporters on Tuesday, June 26, giving a rundown of its recent unimpeded voyage in the disputed South China Sea.

They also announced the “primary purpose” for their visit: for American sailors to get some rest in a tropical country.

The USS Ronald Reagan is powered by 5,000 officers and crew, and carries over 70 fighter jets for patrol and conflict. It’s virtually a mobile island made of steel and asphalt. (READ: U.S. flexes muscle in the Philippines amid concerns vs China)

Rappler’s Rambo Talabong was one of the journalists allowed inside the vessel. Watch his report above. –