US warship USS McCampbell visits Manila


Posted at Nov 21 2016 12:58 PM

MANILA - USS McCampbell, a forward-deployed Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer, arrived in Manila on Friday for a port visit.

"The port visit highlights the strong community and military connections between the Philippines and the United States," said the American Embassy in Manila in a statement Monday.

McCampbell is on patrol with the Carrier Strike Group Five (CSG 5) in the US 7th Fleet area of responsibility supporting security and stability in the Indo-Asia-Pacific.

It is commanded by Commander Ed Angelinas and crewed by approximately 300 Sailors, of whom 20 are Filipino-Americans.

The brief stop at Manila will allow the warship to replenish supplies and give sailors time to "rest and relax."

Petty Officer 1st Class Ambrosio Maddagan, a Filipino-American from Honolulu, Hawaii, said, “I am very excited for this upcoming port visit because I will be able to show my fellow shipmates my heritage and culture."
The Manila visit came after McCampbell completed a training exercise with the Royal Brunei Navy during Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training (CARAT) 2016. 

CARAT is a series of annual maritime exercises between the US Navy, US Marine Corps, and the armed forces of nine partner nations to include Bangladesh, Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Timor-Leste.