MANILA, Republic of the Philippines
– The forward-deployed amphibious dock landing ship USS Germantown (LSD 42) arrived in Manila, Republic of the Philippines Nov. 2 for a port visit.
The visit will allow Germantown Sailors and the embarked Marines from the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit a chance to get some rest and relaxation and will allow them to experience the Philippine culture.
The ship and embarked Marines recently participated in Amphibious Landing Exercise (PHIBLEX) with the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP). PHIBLEX is a bilateral training exercise designed to improve interoperability, increase readiness and continue to build professional and personal relationships with the AFP.
“The Sailors and Marines of Germantown did an excellent job during PHIBLEX”, said Cmdr. Carol McKenzie, commanding officer, Germantown. “Now at the invitation of our Philippine friends, we are looking forward to having a pleasant and relaxing visit in Manila”.
While in port, Sailors and Marines will have the opportunity to take part in Morale, Welfare and Recreation sponsored events which include shopping and the exploration of historical and cultural landmarks.
“The Mall of Asia is something that I am definitely looking forward to visiting,” said Yeoman 1st Class(SW) Sheena Hunt. “I think I will be able to get some nice souvenirs and have a good dinner while I am there.”
The visit also gives some Sailors and Marines a chance to spend some quality time with the family members who live in the area.
“I’m really looking forward to spending a couple of days with my nieces and nephews,” said Boatswain’s Mate 2nd Class Dennis Castro. “I haven’t seen them in almost three years and it will be nice to spend time with them in the city.”
USS Germantown is part of the Essex Amphibious Ready Group, which reports to Commander, Amphibious Force 7th Fleet, Rear Adm. J. Scott Jones, who is headquartered in Okinawa, Japan.