Lt.j.g. Kari Weniger (left) watches two sailors conduct colors while in port Iloilo. 
ILOILO, Republic of the Philippines (March 2, 2012) - Lt.j.g. Kari Weniger (left) watches two sailors conduct colors while in port Iloilo. USS Chafee (DDG 90) is visiting Iloilo to support the US State Department program "America in 3D." (Photo by ENS Melissa Pelosi)
USS Chafee Departs Iloilo, Philippines 
ILOILO, Republic of the Philippines – The guided-missile destroyer USS Chafee (DDG 90) departed Iloilo, Republic of the Philippines Mar. 5, after a port visit to support the U.S. State Department program “America in 3D”. 
 

While in Iloilo, crewmembers participated in seven community service projects with local organizations. The projects gave Sailors a chance to engage with the local community. Some of the events included two soccer and basketball clinics, a refurbishing of two elementary school buildings, a 5k fun run and planting Mangroves in Iloilo River to help support the push for cleaning up the cities river.

“I had a great time in Iloilo. I really felt like my time and help while planting the mangrove saplings was very helpful and meaningful to the city,” said Seaman Peter Davidson. “I was also really excited to be received so well by the people of the Philippines and would definitely love to return for another visit and to participate in further volunteering roles.”

The crew was grateful to have the opportunity for the port visit to Iloilo and help in the community.

Chafee is on an independent deployment from its homeport of Pearl Harbor, Hawaii.

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