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USS Montgomery Departs Davao City

U.S. Embassy in the Philippines Deputy Chief of Mission John Law spoke with Cmdr. Edward Rosso, commanding officer of the USS Montgomery, at an onboard reception June 30 during the ship’s visit to Davao City.
Local youth from the Philippine Sports Commission toured the USS Montgomery during its June 29-July 1 port visit to Davao City. The tour included a visit to the ship’s highly advanced bridge.
To give back to the host community in Davao City, U.S. Navy sailors from the USS Montgomery and U.S. Embassy personnel delivered rice to House of Hope, a temporary home for children with cancer. The USS Montgomery visited Davao City from June 29 to July 1, her first visit to the Philippines on her first deployment. During a June 29-July 1 port visit to Davao City, the USS Montgomery crew invited youth from the Philippine Sports Commission to tour the ship and meet crew members. Port visits like this demonstrate U.S. commitment to maritime security in the region, while strengthening relationships with friends, Youth from the Davao branch of the Philippine Sports Commission toured the USS Montgomery and met crew members.

Manila — The USS Montgomery, an Independence-class littoral combat ship, departed Davao City on July 1. This was the ship’s first port visit to the Philippines during her first deployment.

During the visit, Montgomery hosted local military and civic leaders for an evening reception to celebrate the U.S.-Philippine alliance.

U.S. Embassy in the Philippines Deputy Chief of Mission John Law told guests, “The Montgomery’s visit here is a powerful statement to the importance of the U.S.-Philippine relationship in ensuring a free and open Indo-Pacific.”

Rear Adm. Joey Tynch, commander of Logistics Group Western Pacific, explained that Montgomery’s visit represents the shared commitment of the U.S. and Philippine navies.

“From maritime security to humanitarian assistance-disaster response, the littoral combat ship is tailor-made to work together with our friends, partners, and allies in Southeast Asia,” said Tynch.

During their time in Davao City, the crew of the Montgomery invited youth from the Davao branch of the Philippine Sports Commission aboard to tour the ship and meet crew members. To give back to the local community, sailors from the Montgomery and U.S. Embassy personnel donated rice to the House of Hope, a local home for children with cancer.

The ship’s visit to Davao from June 29 to July 1 continues the many years of close cooperation and exchange between the United States and the Philippines.

Fast, agile, and mission-focused, littoral combat ships are designed to operate in near-shore environments and are also capable of open ocean operation.

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