US submarines dock in Subic

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Sunday, October 7, 2012


SUBIC BAY FREEPORT -- The USS Olympia (SSN 717), a submarine of the Los Angeles class design, arrived in Subic Bay last Friday for a routine port call, according to the US Embassy.

The USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6), a Wasp-class amphibious assault ship of the United States, also docked here, in time for the Philblex 13 which will formally open on Monday.

The US Embassy added that the port visit highlights the strong historic, community, and military connections between the United States and the Republic of the Philippines.

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This visit will allow the ship to replenish supplies, as well as give the crew an opportunity for rest and relaxation.

The USS Olympia SSN 717 set sail in February 1986 to her home in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. She is the second United States ship to bear the name in honor of the city of Olympia, Washington.

Original USS Olympia was commissioned on 1895 and, as part of the Asiatic fleet, became the flagship of Commodore George Dewey at the Battle of Manila Bay in 1898.

No further details were given out to the media. (Anthony Bayarong)

Published in the Sun.Star Pampanga newspaper on October 07, 2012.

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