U.S. Aircraft Carrier Arrives in the Philippines

The USS Ronald Reagan hosted distinguished guests from the Philippine government and the Armed Forces of the Philippines for a tour of the aircraft carrier during active flight operations on August 6, 2019. The ships’ visit to the Philippines is a demonstration of one of our most enduring relationships in the Indo-Pacific region.

Manila — The Ronald Reagan Carrier Strike group arrived in Manila for a brief port call that highlights the strong community and military connections between the Philippines and the United States on August 7, 2019.

The Ronald Reagan Carrier Strike group includes the Nimitz class aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) and the Ticonderoga class guided-missile cruisers USS Antietam (CG 54) and USS Chancellorsville (CG 62).

Local students and young professionals from the Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative visited the USS Chancellorsville on August 8, 2019. During the visit the group toured the bridge, hangar, and flight deck. The Chancellorsville is one of many ships that make up the USS Ronald Reagan Carrier Strike Group.

The routine port visit is a continuation of the relationship as treaty allies and furthers the friendship, partnership, and alliance between the U.S. and the Philippines. For over 65 years, the U.S. and the Philippines have maintained a Mutual Defense Treaty demonstrating our joint commitment to peace and security in the Indo-Pacific region.

“This visit is a great representation of our strong friendship, partnership, and alliance with the Philippines, as well as a testament to our joint commitment to a free and open Indo-Pacific region,” said U.S. Ambassador to the Philippines Sung Kim.

While in Manila, the U.S. Navy and the Philippine Navy will participate in sporting events, engage in senior leadership exchanges, and take part in community relations and cultural events. The ships will also host tours for students and youth.

“This port call is a direct reflection of the longstanding relationship between the U.S. and the Philippines and underscores our strong support to peace and stability in the Indo-Pacific region,” said Rear Admiral Karl Thomas, Commander, Task Force 70. “Visiting the Philippines is always incredible and I’m glad that the officers and sailors of Carrier Strike Group 5 will have the chance to deepen ties with our critical ally, while enjoying the culture and beauty of this wonderful country.”

Ronald Reagan, Chancellorsville, and Antietam are forward-deployed to the U.S. 7th Fleet area of operations in support of security and stability in the Indo-Pacific region.

PHILIPPINE SEA. The aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) leads the Ronald Reagan Strike group, including the Ticonderoga-class missile cruisers USS Antietam (CG 54) and USS Chancellorsville (CG 62) and the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyers USS Benfold (DDG 65) and USS Milius (DDG 69), during a photo exercise for Valiant Shield 2018. The biennial, U.S. only, field-training exercise focuses on integration of joint training among the U.S. Navy, Air Force and Marine Corps. This is the seventh exercise in the Valiant Shield series that began in 2006. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Erwin Miciano)
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