The aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt, embarked Carrier AirWing 17, and the guided-missile cruiser USS Bunker Hill has arrived in Manila on Wednesday, April 11 for a scheduled port visit.
As reported by the United States Embassy in Manila, sailors and marines of the said ship participated in cultural exchanges, community relations events, and Morale, Welfare and Recreation (MWR)-sponsored tours to enhance cultural understanding and cooperation between the two countries during the time of the port visit.
Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 9 commander Rear Adm. Steve Koehler said that they have always been excited to visit the Philippines.
“The Philippines has long been a part of US Navy history, and we look forward to continuing that valued relationship and partnership,” he said.
Moreover, Theodore Roosevelt commanding officer Capt. Carlos Sardiello said that many Theodore Roosevelt sailors and marines have strong ties to the Philippines.
“There are several Rough Riders who are from the Philippines or who have family in the country. We are excited for them to be able to share their culture with fellow shipmates and spend time with loved ones there,” Capt. Sardiello said.