US submarine no longer visiting PH

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jul 27 2014 04:39 PM | Updated as of Jul 28 2014 06:30 AM

MANILA (UPDATED) - The USS Columbus (SSN 762), a Los Angeles-class fast attack submarine, is no longer stopping by Subic Bay, the United States embassy said Sunday.

 In a statement, the embassy said the submarine was supposed to arrive earlier Sunday but there was a change in schedule.

“The crew looks forward to another opportunity to visit the Philippines,” the embassy said.

The visit was supposed to allow the crew to replenish supplies as well as take the opportunity to rest and relax.

“While in Subic Bay the sailors of the USS Columbus are eager to enjoy Olongapo City and strengthen their understanding of a country with strong historical ties to the United States and the US Navy,” the embassy earlier announced.

The Philippines forged in April the Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement, which will allow US soldiers to be stationed in the country on a rotational basis. The soldiers will be allowed access to the Armed Forces of the Philippines’ bases.

The visit of the USS Columbus and other vehicles before it comes amid the growing aggression from China in the disputed seas.

The US embassy said the USS Columbus, named after the city of Columbus, Ohio, is part of the US Pacific Fleet and is homeported in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii.

The Columbus is commanded by Commander David Youtt. It has a crew of approximately 140 sailors, two of whom are Filipino-Americans.