PH officials witnessed firsthand US supercarrier’s capabilities

United States of America Ambassador to the Republic of the Philippines Sung Kim together with his guests Secretary of National Defense Delfin Negrillo Lorenzana, Secretary of Finance Carlos Garcia Dominguez III, and Secretary of Justice Vitaliano Aguirre II visited the nuclear-powered Nimitz-class supercarrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN-70) March 4 in West Philippine Sea.

According to US Navy, Lorenzana, Aguirre, and Dominguez were only aboard for a short visit, however, they were able to experience the ship firsthand and observe launch and recovery flight operations on the flight deck before boarding a C-2A Greyhound and flying back to Manila.

“I am grateful to the USS Carl Vinson for hosting us and for giving us the opportunity to bring some of our friends from the Philippines to see what we do out here,” said Kim as quoted by US Navy. “To see how it strengthens our alliance as well as how it reinforces our interest and engagement in the Asia-Pacific region.”

Carl Vinson Carrier Strike Group or Carrier Strike Group 1 (CSG 1) commander Rear Admiral James W. Kilby met with the Filipino officials with the US envoy.

“It is a privilege to have you come aboard to see us,” said Kilby. “We are conducting routine operations here to reassure our regional allies, and I can’t think of a better way to showcase our abilities, than to bring our partners out to see for themselves how we operate.”

While operating within US Navy 7th Fleets AOR, the CSG 1 will remain to be under the command of US 3rd Fleet command and control. US 3rd Fleet is responsible for the eastern and northern Pacific ocean. Both 7th and 3rd Fleet are under United States Pacific Fleet.