By Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Raymond D. Diaz III, USS Shiloh Public Affairs
SUBIC BAY (NNS) -- The Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Shiloh (CG 67) arrived in Subic Bay, Philippines, for a port visit, May 29.
"With the long-standing history between the U.S. and the Philippines, I am honored to have the opportunity to bring Shiloh and get back into our routine of visits here," said Capt. Kurush F. Morris, commanding officer of Shiloh. "For many of the crew, this will be their first time visiting, and I am sure they will thoroughly enjoy experiencing the rich culture and wonderful hospitality this country has to offer."
U.S. Naval Base Subic Bay closed in 1992. Since then the Republic of the Philippines has converted the area into the Subic Bay Freeport Zone, which is the first of its kind in the country.
While in Subic Bay, Shiloh Sailors will have the opportunity to go shopping, dining, and take part in Morale, Welfare and Recreation (MWR) events. Also, they will get the chance to interact with the local community through community relation projects and sporting events with local teams.
Shiloh's last port visit to the Philippines was in February 2014 in Cebu.
"Our port call last year in Cebu, and now Subic Bay, is a testament to the lasting friendship between the two nations," said Morris. "Not only do we get to enjoy all that the Philippines has to offer, but we get to build upon and strengthen this bond with the Filipino people."
Shiloh, forward deployed to Yokosuka, Japan, is on patrol in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of operations in support of security and stability in the Indo-Asia Pacific region.