MANILA, -- Seven warships, which formed a United States Navy strike group, have arrived in the Philippines for a routine visit, local media reported on Saturday.
The group consists of USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) with Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 9 and Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 21, guided-missile destoyers USS Stockdale (DDG 106), USS Chung-hoon (DDG 93), and USS william P. Lawrence (DDG 110), and guided-missile cruiser USS Mobile Bay (CG 53).
The USS John C. Stennis Strike Group (JCSSG) warships, which are manned by about 8,500 sailors, arrived on Friday in Subic Bay, Zambales, the Daily Tribune said.
It is not the first time that the JCSSG visited the Philippines as it participated in the U.S.-Philippine Balikatan (shoulder-to-shoulder) exercise last April.
In pursuing its pivot-to-Asia policy, the U.S. has reportedly deployed some 60 percent of its navy assets in the South China Sea.
The US Navy Arleigh Burke-class Aegis Guided-missile destroyers USS Chung-Hoon (DDG 93) and USS William P. Lawrence (DDG 110), docked at the Alava Pier inside the Subic Bay Freeport around 9 a.m. for a routine port call. The ships is part of the John C. Stennis Strike Group that is currently patrolling in the West Philippine Sea. (Photos credits to the owners)