PH, US navies strengthen ties

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Emory S. Land is one of two forward-deployed submarine tenders and is on a scheduled deployment in the US 7th Fleet area of operations. File Photo

Officials and crews of Philippine and United State navies had a chance of forging closer ties and commitments after the former were invited to tour aboard a submarine and submarine tender earlier this week.

The USS Greeneville (SSN 772) and submarine tender USS Emery S. Land (AS 39) were in Puerto Princesa City, Palawan last 10 December for their regular port visit in the country.

The PN officials also had an opportunity to tour around submarine tender Emory S. Land and met some crew members with Filipino heritage.

Thereafter, Armed Forces of the Philippines Naval Forces West commander Capt. Carlos Sabarre and Capt. Edwin Nera went aboard and were welcomed by Greeneville’s commanding officer Cmdr. Terry Nemec inside the Los Angeles fast attack submarine.

The PN officials also had an opportunity to tour around submarine tender Emory S. Land and met some crew members with Filipino heritage.

“The US and the Filipino navies work well together on a number of fronts and we’re pleased to have opportunities such as these, along with continued participation in bilateral and multilateral exercises,” Nemec said.

“The crews of the Greeneville and Land continue to impress our regional partners with their dedication and professionalism during recent visits,” said Capt. Michael Luckett, commanding officer of Emery S. Land.

“I personally want to thank them and let their loved ones know they are working tirelessly to make a difference in a dynamic environment,” he added.

“There is something special about meeting others who share the same common language and also are sailors like me,” he said.

The Philippine Navy officials also toured Emory S. Land, where some of the 139 active duty and civilian crewmen are of Filipino descent.

Emory S. Land is one of two forward-deployed submarine tenders and is on a scheduled deployment in the US 7th Fleet area of operations.

It will conduct maintenance and support of deployed US naval force submarines and surface vessels in the Indo-Pacific region.

Greeneville is more than 360 feet long and weighs more than 6,900 tons when submerged.

It was christened September 1994 and commissioned in February 1996 at Naval Station Norfolk. The Greeneville arrived at its current homeport of Pearl Harbor, Hawaii in March 1997.

US military ships regularly conduct port visits in Puerto Princesa City where the AFP’s Naval Forces West is stationed.

In June, Spearhead-class joint high-speed vessel USNS Millinocket docked in Puerto Princesa for bilateral training with Philippine Marines.

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