SUBIC BAY FREEPORT, Philippines – Two US Navy ships docked at the Subic Bay freeport Monday, September 16, for a port visit and to take part in a joint PH-US military exercise.
US Navy ships, the USS Boxer (LHD 4) arrived Monday afternoon, while USS New Orleans (LPD 18) followed soon after, carrying a total of more than 3,000 American navy and marine personnel.
They are scheduled to participate in the upcoming Amphibious Landing Exercise (PHIBLEX) 2014, alongside the Philippine Marine Corps, the US Navy said in a post Monday.
The Boxer is a Wasp-class amphibious assault ship which can accommodate and send any type of helicopters in its platform.
On the other hand, the New Orleans is a San Antonio-class transport dock ship carrying 350 Navy officers and sailors, complemented with up to 800 US Marines.
The Boxer and New Orleans will join the USNS Emory S. Land and USNS Henson which are currently docked in Alava Pier here.
The crew of USNS Emory S. Land have participated in various community activities in nearby Olongapo City, including recently the basketball friendship game against local players.
The crews of the Boxer and New Orleans will also participate in community relations projects in the area, the US Navy added.
The US Navy visits come as tensions between the Philippines and China simmer over disputed territories in the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea). – With reports from KD Suarez/Rappler.com
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