JMSDF Port Call at Subic Bay

July 1, 2019 – Three ships from the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF)’s Escort Flotilla One have docked off the East Rivera Wharf in SBMA, Olongapo City on Sunday for a goodwill visit until Wednesday. Philippine Navy (PN) spokesperson Captain Jonathan Zata said this is the third visit of JMSDF ships in the country this year. The first one was JS Ikazuchi (DD-107) in Manila last January and JS Samidare (DD-106) in Subic Bay last May. The visiting JMSDF Escort Flotilla One is composed of the “helicopter destroyer” and flagship,…

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JS Izumo Provides HADR Assistance at Subic Bay

June 30, 2019 (Google Translation) – The Ministry of Defense will conduct humanitarian assistance and disaster relief (HA / DR) seminars on the ship of the escort ship “Izumo”, which will visit the Philippines (Subic Bay) as part of the FY 1991 Indo-Pacific region dispatch training (IPD 19) of the Maritime Self-Defense Force. Japan will inform you as we will In this seminar, it will be introduced and displayed to the Philippine army etc. about the life rescue equipment of the Ground Self Defense Force, the disaster response capability of…

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USNS Amelia Earhart Donates Supplies, Builds Friendships in Philippines

June 19, 2019 – Members of Military Sealift Command’s (MSC) dry cargo ship USNS Amelia Earhart (T-AKE 6) and Military Sealift Command Far East visited three locations in Olongapo City, Philippines, to participate in community outreach events during a routine port visit at Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority, June 14. The team visited the Subic Bay Children’s Home, Social Development Center, and the Foundation for Differently-Abled Persons to deliver donations from the crew of Amelia Earhart that included clothes, snacks, school supplies and more than 660 lbs. of rice. “It’s encouraging…

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Philippine Navy to Receive Three Additional MPACs This Year

May 24, 2019 (PNA) – The Philippine Navy (PN) is expected to acquire another three multi-purpose attack craft (MPAC) armed with the Rafael Advanced Defense Ltd. Spike-ER (extended range) surface-to-surface missile system this year. “We have another three (in the process of) building, and they are expected to be delivered this year. They will also be armed with the Spike-ER missiles,” PN flag officer-in-command Vice Admiral Robert Empedrad said in an interview with the Philippine News Agency (PNA) shortly after the launch of the missile frigate, BRP Jose Rizal (FF-150),…

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USS Pioneer visits Subic Bay

March 22, 2019 – The Avenger-class mine countermeasures ship USS Pioneer (MCM 9) arrived in Subic Bay for a port visit, March 21. Pioneer conducted mine countermeasures training in vicinity of Okinawa before proceeding to Subic Bay for its first port visit away from Japan in three years. “Pioneer’s port visit to Subic Bay is a breakthrough for her crew – for many of our Sailors, this will be their first overseas port visit,” Lt. Cmdr. Robert Wayland, commanding officer of the Pioneer. “After the hard work and success that…

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USNS Lummus, Ocean Jazz Complete Backload of Balikatan 2018

Military Sealift Command (MSC) ships conducted a backload of all equipment that was previously offloaded to support Exercise Balikatan (BK) 2018 at Subic Bay, Olongapo, Philippines, May 24-28. Maritime prepositioning ship (MPS) USNS 1st LT Jack Lummus (T-AK 3011) and general purpose, heavy-lift vessel MV Ocean Jazz loaded about 620 items, which they previously delivered, over the span of four days after the Balikatan exercise officially concluded May 18. “When our military is performing exercises with our partner nations, we are often focused on the kinetic aspect of the military-to-military…

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USS Bremerton Visits Subic Bay

USS Bremerton (SSN 698) arrived at the Subic Bay Freeport Zone March 1 for a routine port visit during its deployment to the Indo-Pacific region. The visit highlights the strong partnership between the United States and the Republic of the Philippines and gives the crew an opportunity to meet the local community living in the Subic area. It also demonstrates the U.S. Navy’s commitment to regional stability and maritime security in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of operations. Bremerton’s crew of 150 sailors regularly conducts a variety of missions to…

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USS John S. McCain departs Subic Bay en route to Yokosuka

USS John S. McCain (DDG 56) departed Subic Bay, Philippines aboard heavy lift transport vessel MV Treasure in route to Fleet Activities Yokosuka Nov. 28. John S. McCain was diverted to Subic Bay Oct. 22 due to poor weather conditions and to repair cracks in the ship’s hull discovered after the ship departed Singapore aboard MV Treasure.  While at anchor in Subic Bay, technicians  inspected the cracks and determined the ship needed additional blocks under it to support and distribute its weight on the heavy lift vessel.    Upon arrival in…

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USS Louisville visits Subic Bay during deployment

February 14, 2017 – Los Angeles-class submarine USS Louisville (SSN 724) arrived in Subic Bay for a brief port call that highlights the strong community and military connections between the Philippines and the United States, Feb. 14. The crew will participate in a series of community service projects and sporting events during the visit. Louisville will also use the stop to conduct some minor maintenance with the assistance of Filipino companies. The Philippines is a longstanding treaty ally of the United States with a history of partnership of more than…

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USS John S. McCain visits Subic Bay during patrol

January 23, 2017 – Destroyer USS John S. McCain (DDG 56) arrived in Subic Bay, Philippines, Jan. 23, for a brief port call that highlights the strong community and military connections between the Philippines and the United States. The McCain crew will participate in a series of community service projects and sporting events during the crew’s visit to the Philippines. The ship will also use the stop to conduct some minor repairs with the assistance of Filipino companies. The Philippines is a longstanding treaty ally of the United States with a…

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