Subic Bay News as of 2021-06-10


Zf173. U.S. Navy ship in Subic Bay on the 10th of June 2021. This is the first foreign Navy ship I saw in 7 month, since Nov. 21 2020 when I returned to the Philippines. Before I left the Philippines on the 19th of Nov. 2019, MSC ships came regular to Subic Bay, even Navy war ships including submarines.

 So, seeing a Navy ship back in Subic Bay is news to me!

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In this album are various news from the greater Subic Bay area as of 2021-06-10.

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Zf174.  A closer look at the USNS Pecos T-AO 197 moored to the Alava Extension Wharf on the 10th of June 2021. It is a United States Naval Ship of the Military Sealift Command (MSC). Military Sealift Command (MSC), division within the U.S. Navy charged with delivering supplies to bases and ships worldwide through the operation of a wide variety of resupply, transport, and auxiliary ships.

Zf175.  The zoomed-in name of the USNS Pecos T-AO 197 moored to the Alava Extension Wharf on the 10th of June 2021 in the Subic Bay Freeport Zone (SBFZ), the former Naval Base Subic Bay.

Zf176. I checked the www and found this image in the Naval Task Force 71 Facebook page. Apparently the USNS Pecos T-AO 197 was operating with, supplying the TF-71 on the 8th of June 2021 in this greater neighborhood. The guard at the commercial circle (in the first picture) told me that the USNS Pecos arrived yesterday the 9th of June and he believes the ship will leave port this afternoon, the 10th of June.

7th Fleet ship visits the Philippines

Independence-variant littoral combat ship USS Charleston (LCS 18) arrived in the Philippines, Aug. 16, marking the first time a commissioned U.S. Navy warship has visited the Philippines since 2019.

Zf240. File Photo of the Independence-variant littoral combat ship USS Charleston (LCS 18). 180718-N-N0101-999GULF OF MEXICO (July 18, 2018) The future littoral combat ship USS Charleston (LCS 18) is underway for acceptance trials, which are the last significant milestone before delivery of the ship to the Navy. The Independence-variant littoral combat ship will be commissioned March 2 in Charleston, South Carolina. (U.S. Navy photo courtesy of Austal USA/Released)

The Commander of the Pacific Fleet (CINCPACFLEET) reports USS Charleston LCS 18 arrives in Manila on the 16th Aug. 2021. Here is the URL, click here: The below story and the three images came from this URL:

Zf241. MANILA, Philippines (Aug. 16, 2021) Command Senior Chief Donald Alvarado, from Tucson, Ariz., watches as Independence-variant littoral combat ship USS Charleston (LCS 18) pulls into port, Aug. 16. Charleston, part of Destroyer Squadron Seven, is on a rotational deployment operating in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of operation to enhance interoperability with partners and serve as a ready-response force in support of a free and open Indo-Pacific region. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Adam Butler) 

Zf242. MANILA, Philippines (Aug. 17, 2021) Sailors assigned to Independence-variant littoral combat ship USS Charleston (LCS 18) take on supplies during a stores onload as a part of a contactless port visit to Manila, Aug. 17. Charleston, part of Destroyer Squadron Seven, is on a rotational deployment operating in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of operation to enhance interoperability with partners and serve as a ready-response force in support of a free and open Indo-Pacific region. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Adam Butler)

Zf243. Culinary Specialist 3rd Class Matthew Deluca raises the American flag after USS Charleston’s (LCS 18) arrival in Manila. (U.S. Navy/MC2 Adam Butler), first time a commissioned U.S. Navy warship has visited the Philippines since 2019,

7th Fleet ship visits the Philippines

By Lt. Lauren Chatmas, DESRON 7

Posted August 17, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – Independence-variant littoral combat ship USS Charleston (LCS 18) arrived in the Philippines, Aug. 16, marking the first time a commissioned U.S. Navy warship has visited the Philippines since 2019.

The visit highlights the strong alliance, military relationship and renewed engagements between the Philippines and the United States.

In consideration for COVID-19 safety mitigation, the visit was contactless, meaning the crew of the ship remained aboard the ships, where they were afforded rest and replenishment of supplies.

The visits come weeks after Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin’s engagement with Philippine defense officials, when the re-commitment was announced to the U.S.-Philippines Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA), which allows U.S. forces to operate from the Philippines for bilateral military engagements and in response to disasters or crisis.

“The U.S. security commitment to the Philippines is iron-clad, and that commitment…extends to the South China Sea,” said Austin. “As we celebrate the 70th anniversary of the Mutual Defense Treaty this year, the commitment to our security partnership with the Philippines is stronger than ever.”

The routine port visit is a continuation of the relationship as treaty allies, and furthers the friendship, partnership and alliance between the U.S. and the Philippines. The U.S. routinely participates in 300 bilateral engagements a year, from expert exchanges to ship visits, to component exercises and major training exercises such as Balikatan, Southeast Asia Cooperation and Training (SEACAT), and Maritime Training Activity (MTA) Sama Sama. These exercises signify joint commitment to peace and security in the Indo-Pacific region.

“Our U.S. Navy ships’ presence at sea and in ports like Manila promote security and stability that drives the peace and prosperity for the benefit of regional countries,” said Vice Adm. Karl Thomas, commander, U.S. 7th Fleet. “We appreciate the flexibility to resupply our ships in the Philippines, so that they are ready to support a free and open Indo-Pacific region.”

Charleston is on a rotational deployment from San Diego, under Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 7, supporting Commander, Task Force (CTF) 76/Expeditionary Strike Group 7.

Under Commander, U.S. Pacific Fleet, 7th Fleet is the U.S. Navy’s largest forward-deployed numbered fleet, and routinely interacts and operates with 35 maritime nations in preserving a free and open Indo-Pacific region.

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