MANILA - A key admiral of the United States Navy will be visiting the Philippines from February 12 to 15.
Admiral Jonathan W. Greenert, the Chief Naval Operations of United States Navy will be visiting the headquarters of the Philippine Navy and will meet with Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin and top officials of the Armed Forces of the Philippines.
The Philippine Navy said the visit “aims to strengthen the ties and interoperability between the two navies and further realize peace and stability in the region.”
On Friday, the USS Pinckney, an Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer, also arrived in Manila.
In a statement from the US Embassy in Manila, the visit highlights the “strong historic, community, and military connections between the United States and the Republic of the Philippines. “
The visit comes amid recent calls for China to ease aggression at the West Philippine Sea. The Philippines is a close ally of the US.