U.s. Navy Arrives In Subic Bay

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OnMyWay
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Well, maybe not all of them but a whole bunch!  Today when I went to pickup the little girl from school I saw many sailors walking around.  She was delayed an hour (joined the girl scouts) so I had time to go down to the dock area and see what was up.  The biggest U.S. Navy ship I have seen here yet was docked, and at least 3 others.  One has been here since last week but the others are new arrivals.  There were hundreds of sailors walking around the freeport and this has got to be great for business here.  There is a big bar called Wynn's near the dock area, and it came to life.  Every time I have driven by in the daytime it has been dead / closed but today they had speakers our front blaring and some girls out front.  I also saw some girls walking around handing out flyers.  There we many cabs near the docks, and a big row of vans waiting, but I am not sure what the vans were for.  Tours or Barrio Baretto or even Angeles?  I'm not sure what is off limits.  If I talk to some of them in the next few days I will ask.

 

I just searched and found that the big one is the USS Boxer.  This is a bad ass ship and I also noticed that a high percentage of the sailors walking around looked like big bad ass guys too!  Many times the sailors I see here look out of shape and a bit wimpy, but not most of these guys!

 

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/USS_Boxer_(LHD-4)

 

Pic from Wikipedia:

 

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My pics:

 

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This is the one that has been here since last week and is more typical of the ships I have seen in port.  I could not find out anything about it.  Supply ship?  They probably come here to load up on pancit and halo halo.

 

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This is a new one docked, a smaller ship, the US Navy Ship Henson, which I think is an oceanographic survey ship.

 

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Jollygoodfellow
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Just in town to upset the Chinese   :)

 

Philippines, US to hold war games near South China Sea

 

The Philippines and the United States will begin war games near disputed South China Sea waters this week, showcasing fast-expanding military ties and likely further stoking tensions with China. 

 
The annual exercises, which involve 2,300 marines from both sides, will take place amid the backdrop of ongoing negotiations to further increase an American military presence and the deployment of its hardware in the former US colony. 
 
They also come three weeks before US President Barack Obama is due to visit Manila, a huge moment for the Philippines as it looks for US support amid a worsening row with China over rival claims to parts of the South China Sea. 
 
"The Chinese will view these military exercises as yet another example of the Philippines stirring up tensions in the South China Sea and of the US taking advantage of the situation to increase its military presence," regional security expert Ian Storey told AFP. 
 
Beijing, which insists it has sovereignty to nearly all of the South China Sea, has repeatedly railed at the Philippines for refusing to back down in the territorial dispute and seeking to draw the US closer. 
 
Vietnam, Malaysia, Brunei and Taiwan also have competing claims to parts of the sea, which is believed to sit atop vast deposits of fossil fuels, but China has been particularly angered at the Philippines for being the most vocal. 
 
For the Philippines, the dispute will continue to be "the central driver" of efforts to intensify its alliance with the US, according to Storey, a senior fellow at the Institute of Southeast Asian Studies in Singapore. 
 
The Philippine-US Amphibious Landing Exercises (Phiblex) will begin tomorrow at a naval base in Zambales, a province on the western coast of Luzon island facing the South China Sea. 
 
It is about 220 kilometres from Scarborough Shoal, a group of rocky outcrops in the Philippines' internationally recognised exclusive economic zone which has been occupied by Chinese vessels since last year. 
 
Scarborough Shoal has become the prime focus of the territorial dispute in recent weeks, with the Philippines accusing China of erecting concrete structures there. 
 
The war games, which will last three weeks, will involve two US warships and live ground fire exercises, according to the Philippine military. 
 
Staff planning exercises will also be held "that will increase the capability to conduct bilateral maritime security and territorial defence operation", the US embassy said in a statement. 
 
Neither side, however, would release the specific locations for the sea drills.
 
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Jake
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Unfortunately, I have to agree with your observation that many sailors are overweight and out of shape.

What you saw this time was the guys from USS Boxer full of Marines and sailors.  The ship is a Wasp

class amphibious assault ship with a couple thousand of combat ready grunts, their air wing and logistics.   

You should approach them and shake their hands.  You might even run into some Seal team members.

Ask about authorized visits on board their ships.  You should see all the toys the Marines play with.

 

USS Emory Land (AS-39) is a 25 year old sub tender with a crew complement of about 1,400 sailors and

officers.  There you will find some of the best and brightest technicians, including nuclear engineers and

weapons specialists.  According to Wikipedia, she is homeported in Diego Garcia, an atoll in the middle

of Indian Ocean.

 

Respectfully -- Jake (former command master chief, USS Truxtun CGN-35)

 

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OnMyWay
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I heard on the radio today that the other ship in port is the New Orleans.  It is at a more remote dock so I did not get a picture.  Wiki:

 

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/USS_New_Orleans_(LPD-18)

 

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They also mentioned on the radio that the US military was doing some community outreach while in port.  I'm not sure if that means reaching for the girls or something else.

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Old55
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This is a family forum so we will let Jake our expert detail "community outreach" activity's.

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Jake
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I heard on the radio today that the other ship in port is the New Orleans.  It is at a more remote dock so I did not get a picture.  Wiki:

 

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/USS_New_Orleans_(LPD-18)

 

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They also mentioned on the radio that the US military was doing some community outreach while in port.  I'm not sure if that means reaching for the girls or something else.

As you may know, the US military tries to improve their image by being involved with some of the established

community services in Olongapo.  Usually, the medical officer or the ship's chaplain will ask for volunteers to

paint or reconstruct a classroom for the orphanage.  

 

I order my volunteers to join me and we have a great time meeting new friends, including the young teachers.

My horndog sailors can hook up later that night, reaching for the nearest cold San Magoo and the hot women.  

What else can you do with 3 months of pay and you need to blow it in 3 days?

 

Good boy ako -- Jake

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Americano
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On another topic some forum members were saying that sailors can't go in bars while in port. I believe they are about to be proven wrong. You can't tell a sailor that he can't drink on his free time. If the Navy did that then they wouldn't have enough sailors to operate the ships.

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Jake
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On another topic some forum members were saying that sailors can't go in bars while in port. I believe they are about to be proven wrong. You can't tell a sailor that he can't drink on his free time. If the Navy did that then they wouldn't have enough sailors to operate the ships.

Yes, there has been numerous times where the fleet admiral broadcast directives that liberty out in town

is strictly prohibited.  Or it is limited, like Cinderella liberty where you must be back on the ship by midnight.

Many reasons for this: higher state of alert due to perceived terrorist threats or the community doesn't like

us, like in Okinawa.  

 

Sailors and Marines can still enjoy liberty inside the formal US naval base.  Restaurants, outdoor activities,

bars and hotels are within easy walking distance from their ships.  The entrance to the base is open to the

public, including the many ladies looking for a good time.

 

I have met many active duty member of the US military bitch and moan about zero liberty after spending

several months at sea.  Unlike the ports visits I have enjoyed during Vietnam, the port visits are few and

far between these days.  Some do get out for that reason but believe me, most stay in and retire at the

ripe old age of 38-39 with a lifetime military pension of at least 1,800 bucks a month (paygrade E-7 after

20 years of service). 

 

Of course, it goes up if you retire at a higher rank and longer service.  For example, paygrade E-9 retiring

at 30 years, gets 75% of his base pay as military pension (over 4600 bucks a month). 

 

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OnMyWay
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Jake, there are a guys with polo shirts that say "SLG" on them.  Is this Shore Leave "Group" or what?  It appears they are the guys who keep the "Jakes" in line!   :hystery:   There are quite a few of them.

 

They can go outside the Freeport.  They are going across the footbridge to SM and that area of Olongapo.  I'm not sure if Barrio Barretto is off limits as I don't go there often.  In the daytime, most of them are just walking to Ayala Harbor Point.

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joeatmanila
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The navy boys will have some fun, the restaurant owners will make some money since the boys crave for some other food than the typical ship's meals, the bar owners will make a few bucks extra since more customers than regular but will not ring the bell since the boys cannot get drunk (some might do but very few and for sure not as expected), the girls will be the grand winner since they can charge almost whatever they like for their services :)

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