Last Monday, the USS Chicago (SSN-721), a Los Angeles-class attack and one of the most advanced submarine, arrived in Subic Bay, Zambales as part of its Western Pacific deployment. One of the objectives for their visit in our country is to showcase the advantages and capabilities of the submarine fleet.
Chicago, which is homeported in Guam, is the first submarine system that was built with a vertical launch system that makes the Navy maintain a strategic action. It measures more than 360 feet long and weighing more than 7,000 tons when submerged. It can also be used for surveillance, anti-submarine warfare, renaissance, strike, and anti-surface ship warfare.
“It’s an outstanding feeling to see all the hard work the crew invested in maintaining this forward deployed warship rewarded with an outstanding port of call,” USS Chicago commanding officer Cmdr. Lance Thompson said. He even added that he is looking forward to experiencing many of the diverse activities the Philippines has to offer.
“The months leading up to our departure from Guam, the crew worked hard to prepare for this underway and have performed well,” said Master Chief Machinist’s Mate Jamie Manzoeillo. Meanwhile, for over 170 crew members of Chicago, most of them said that it was their first time visiting the Philippines.
“We now look forward to the opportunity to be ambassadors of our great nation and enjoy some well-deserved liberty in one of the finest ports in the Pacific,” he added.
The ship has finished extensive and continuous maintenance availability, tactical readiness review and recently completed its second mission vital to national security in 2015.
The visit was also a part of U.S. Embassy’s objective to increase its defense strategy in Asia Pacific.