ILOILO, Republic of the Philippines – Guided-missile destroyer USS Chafee (DDG 90) arrived in Iloilo, Republic of the Philippines on March 2, for a port visit and to participate in the U.S. State Department program, America in 3D.
The The program highlights American culture, values and services in the Philippines, and the three day event in Iloilo kicked off with an opening ceremony on March 2. Throughout the weekend, people will be able to attend classes on applying for an American on visas, studying in America and more.
The visit allowed Chafee Sailors to engage and interact with the local community. The said they are excited to be in Iloilo during America in 3D, because it gives them chances to not only learn about the Philippine culture, but it encourages them to teach others about the United States as well.
"It’s an honor and pleasure to be in Iloilo supporting America in 3D," said Cmdr. Justin Kubu, Chafee's commanding officer. "This weekend is a great opportunity highlight the friendship and shared values between the Philippines and the United States while also enhancing understanding of the Navy’s mission.
"The men and women from the Philippines and of Filipino descent contribute significantly to the professional culture of the U.S. Navy and their service exemplifies the strong bond between our two countries.”
While in port, Chafee Sailors will take part in multiple community relation events with local organizations including helping to refurbish an elementary school, planting mangroves as part of a city-wide initiative to clean up the Iloilo River and providing soccer and basketball clinics in partnership with the National Sports Federation for soccer in the Philippines. The ship’s culinary specialists will also be putting on an exhibit called “Presentation of Cooking aboard a US Navy Ship.”
Chafee Sailors also look forward to meeting the local community and enjoying the hospitality, culture and sights of Iloilo.
Chafee is on an independent deployment from its homeport of Pearl Harbor, Hawaii.