Carrier Strike Group 1 Arrives in Manila Bay, Philippines

Story Number: NNS110515-01Release Date: 5/15/2011 7:14:00 AM
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By Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Byron C. Linder, USS Carl Vinson Public Affairs

MANILA BAY, Philippines (NNS) -- Sailors of Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 1 arrived in Manila Bay, Philippines, May 15 for a scheduled port visit following the conclusion of 95 days supporting maritime theater security operations for Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation New Dawn.

CSG 1 consists of USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70), guided-missile cruiser USS Bunker Hill (CG 52) and Destroyer Squadron 1's guided-missile destroyer USS Gridley (DDG 104) and guided-missile cruiser USS Shiloh (CG 67).

During the CSG's first port visit after 52 consecutive days at sea, several events have been planned to maximize the opportunity to interact with Filipino nationals. Carl Vinson is fielding a soccer team to play a friendly game with Republic of Philippines Navy Sailors, and community service projects are allowing Sailors to volunteer their time and skills to benefit the community.

"Every single Sailor has put in a tremendous effort this deployment. We are very fortunate to visit the Philippines, which has a rich history and very special relationship with the Navy," said Rear Adm. Samuel Perez, CSG 1's commander.

"Whether it's the first time or the tenth time, a port visit to the Philippines is always memorable," said Capt. Bruce Lindsey, Carl Vinson's commanding officer. "There are many opportunities to make a positive impact wherever we go, and the Philippines is a great place to carry on that legacy of the Navy doing just that."

CSG 1 is conducting operations in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of responsibility as part of a regularly scheduled deployment.

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5/19/2011 5:06:00 PM
I am glad you visited my country of origin. Being a proud mother of a Navy daughter, I am doubly proud that she is on this cruise. I salute you.

5/17/2011 1:45:00 PM
i wish the US navy would create a naval base in the Philippines again! ignore the noisy minority, majority of filipinos love the americans!

5/16/2011 9:46:00 AM
Wish not only on disaster times navy ships visit the Philippines like USS Ronald Reagan, but also some ports of call on other cities like Iloilo. Welcome

5/15/2011 10:42:00 PM
I hope this won't be the last port visit... It's really amazing to see (although it's from afar...) huge ship such as USS Carl Vinson anchored at Manila Bay.

5/15/2011 8:16:00 PM
Even though a Carl Vinson story, I was suprised that the story didn't also mention the USS Gridley (DDG 104)tie-in to Manila's history. The ship is named after Captain Charles Vernon Gridley, captain of the USS Olympia(C-6), Admiral Dewey's flagship during the battle of Manila bay on 1 May 1898 in the Spanish -American War.

5/15/2011 8:31:00 AM
Wish the Navy would give the USS Bulkeley a port visit sometime !!!

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The Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Bunker Hill (CG 52) anchors in Manila Bay.
110515-N-DR144-240 MANILA (May 15, 2011) The Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Bunker Hill (CG 52) anchors in Manila Bay between the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) and Manila, Philippines. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class James R. Evans/Released)
May 15, 2011
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