3 US Navy warships visit PH

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Mar 22 2013 05:01 PM | Updated as of Mar 23 2013 01:01 AM

MANILA – Three United States Navy ships are scheduled to dock in the Philippines today, the US Embassy in Manila said.

The embassy, in a statement, said the submarine USS Ohio, the destroyer USS Decatur, and the submarine tender USS Frank Cable will dock in Subic, Manila, and Cebu, respectively.

The ships will be in country "for routine maintenance, replenishment of supplies, rest and recreation, and community assistance and outreach activities."

The port calls of the ships, the US embassy said, "highlight the strong historic, community, and military relations between the United States and the Republic of the Philippines."

The embassy noted that the Decatur carries some 300 crew members and enlisted sailors, some of whom have Filipino blood.

The Filipino-Americans on board the USS Decatur were identified as Roselle M. Taday, whose family hails from San Pedro, Laguna; Rocel S. Castañeda, from Pasig City; Jesper S. Sison, from Quezon City; Micael D. Padua, from San Juan, La Union; and Jacob S. Lirio, from Tagudin, Ilocos Sur.

The Decatur is an Arleigh Burke-class destroyer which was commissioned in 1998. It was named after Commodore Stephen Decatur, a US naval hero in the US-British War of 1812.

The USS Ohio (SSGN-726) is the lead ship of the Ohio-class submarines of the U.S. The 560-foot long submarine, which will dock in Subic, has a crew of 150 officers and enlisted sailors.

The 650 feet long L.Y Spear-class USS Frank Cable (AS-40), meanwhile, has a crew of 1,500. It serves as the U.S. 7th Fleet’s mobile repair and support platform.