US carrier docks in Manila

7:56:00 AM
MANILA - The USS George Washington on Thursday docked at the Manila harbor "for a routine port call", the United States embassy here said in statement.

"Recently, the BRP Gregorio del Pilar (PF 15) of the Philippine Navy joined the George Washington Carrier Strike Group off the coast of the Philippines from October 22-23 to conduct maneuvering, communications, and gunnery exercises to further enhance their ability to work together and demonstrate their commitment to the US-Philippines alliance," it said.

The warship was also reportedly involved recently in the battle against Islamic State wrecking havoc in large parts of Iraq and Syria.

The ship was also the first responder on a humanitarian mission sent by the US government to deliver hundreds of tons of assorted relief goods to victims of the super typhoon Yolanda in November last year in Eastern Visayas.

The warship, a Nimitz-class aircraft carrier commissioned on 4 July 1992, is forward deployed to the 7th Fleet area of operations, operating from Yokosuka, Japan. It is commanded by Capt. Greg Fenton, with its embarked air wing, Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 5, commanded by Capt. William Koyama, is crewed by approximately 5,500 sailors, of whom 320 are Filipino-American.

The Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73) transits through the Basilan Strait.


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