SUBIC BAY, Republic of the Philippines (NNS) -- Amphibious assault ship USS Peleliu (LHA 5) and the embarked 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) arrived in Subic Bay for a port visit Nov. 22.
"Coming to the Philippines is a homecoming for many of our Sailors," said Capt. Mark Cedrun, USS Peleliu commanding officer. "There is a tradition of cooperation and friendship between the United States and the Republic of the Philippines, and we appreciate the hospitality the Filipino people provide every time the Navy and Marine Corps visit."
While in Subic Bay, Sailors and Marines will take part in community service projects, and during their liberty experience the crew will spend time shopping and dinning out in the night life of the Subic Bay Free Port Zone.
"Some of the Sailors and Marines aboard Peleliu remember when Subic Bay was a Navy base," said Command Master Chief Brent Williams. "I'm sure all of us are happy to see the positive changes that were made after the base closed."
Since the closure of Naval Base Subic Bay in 1992, the Republic of the Philippines converted the area into the Subic Bay Freeport Zone, which is the first of its kind in the Philippines.
Subic Bay will be the final liberty port for Peleliu in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of responsibility (AOR). Also, while in port the local media will have the opportunity to take a guided tour of the ship.
Peleliu completed more than 100 days of operations in the 5th Fleet AOR, supporting humanitarian aid and disaster relief operations in Pakistan, conducting maritime security operations, supporting Operation Enduring Freedom and participating in exercises promoting security and stability with partner nations in the region.
Peleliu is the flagship of the Peleliu Amphibious Ready Group and is transiting through the Pacific back to its homeport in San Diego. Peleiu is currently in the U.S. 7th Fleet AOR, as part of a deployment to promote peace, partnership and cooperation throughout the region.
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