SUBIC BAY FREEPORT, – The USS Ohio (SSGN-726), lead ship of the Ohio-class submarines of the United States of America, docked here this morning with a crew of 150 officers and enlisted Sailors.
The routine port call of the 560-foot long submarine highlights the strong historic, community, and military relations between the United States and the Republic of the Philippines. It is the fourth United States vessel to bear the name of the seventeenth state of the union.
The third Ohio (USS Ohio BB-12) was a battleship that was commissioned in 1904, and which sailed to Manila in 1905 where then U.S. Secretary of War William Howard Taft and his party boarded for a “Far Eastern inspection tour.”
Two other U.S. Navy ships, the destroyer USS Decatur, and the submarine tender USS Frank Cable, are arriving in the Philippines today, particularly in Manila and Cebu, respectively, for routine maintenance, replenishment of supplies, rest and recreation, and community assistance and outreach activities.
The US submarine USS Ohio (R) approaches the US submarine tender USS Emory S. Land (L) this morning at Alava Pier in Subic Bay for a routine port call that highlights the strong historic, community, and military relations between the United States and the Republic of the Philippines. Subic Bay, now a Freeport, was a former U.S. Naval Base, until 1992, it's largest outside the U.S. mainland.