US attack submarine arriving in Subic

Posted at 05/08/14 10:18 AM

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MANILA - The USS Chicago (SSN 721), a Los Angeles-class fast attack submarine, will arrive in Subic Bay on Friday, May 9, for a routine port call.

According to the United States Embassy, the USS Chicago's visit to Subic Bay will allow the submarine to replenish supplies as well as give the crew an opportunity for rest and relaxation.

The USS Chicago is part of the US Pacific Fleet and is homeported in Guam. It is commanded by Cmdr. Lance Thompson and crewed by approximately 135 sailors.

Measuring more than 360 feet long and weighing more than 7,000 tons when submerged, the USS Chicago is capable of supporting a multitude of missions including anti-submarine warfare, anti-surface ship warfare, strike, and intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance.

The USS Chicago's visit comes just 11 days after Philippine and US officials signed the Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement (EDCA) that allows the US enhanced rotational presence at facilities in the Philippines.

The EDCA is said to be the most significant military forces agreement between the 2 countries since the lapse of the basing agreement in the 1991.