A United States Navy ship Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer, USS Russell (DDG 59) arrived in Manila Bay on March 13 as part of a routine visit for maintenance and crew rest. The said American warship is on its way back to its homeport in San Diego, California.
Russell is from a highly successful deployment to the US Fifth Fleet’s Area of Responsibility, the US Navy said. The 5th Fleet is responsible for providing US naval forces in the Persian Gulf, Red Sea, Arabian Sea, and parts of the Indian Ocean.
“It is a once in a lifetime occasion,” said SONAR Technician 3rd Class Jonathan Ferrel. “Manila presents a unique chance to experience a rich culture different from my own.”
“This port call is a fantastic opportunity for our crew,” said CDR Gill McCarthy, commanding officer of the USS Russell. “We are excited to develop deeper ties with the people of the Philippines and enjoy the tremendous offerings of the city of Manila.”
After the visit, USS Russell will continue its voyage home, certainly with its crew bearing a better understanding of the history, culture, and people of a strong regional partner, the US Navy added.
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