MANILA, Republic of the Philippines - The guided missile destroyer USS Milius (DDG 69) arrived in Manila Aug. 18, for a port visit.
“Visiting Manila is a great opportunity for two reasons,” said Cmdr. Nicholie Bufkin, commanding officer, USS Milius. "The port visit offers the crew a chance to relax and enjoy the city while building partnerships with the Philippines. We are looking forward to experiencing the culture and exploring Manila."
During their time in Manila, crewmembers from the Arleigh-Burke class destroyer will take advantage of numerous tours through Morale, Welfare and Recreation.
The ship will host a tour for U.S. Ambassador to the Philippines, Harry K. Thomas Jr.
Some of the crew will also participate in a wreath-laying ceremony at the American Cemetery in Manila to honor the memory of those who died in the Pacific Theater during WWII.
The onshore tours available to the crew visiting Manila include exploring the city, visiting the zoo and local malls, golfing, and scuba diving.
Milius is on the return transit to home-port San Diego after an independent deployment to the Arabian Gulf in support of maritime security operations.