U.S. submarine to arrive in Subic for routine port call
MANILA, Oct. 3 (Xinhua) -- A fast-attack nuclear-powered U.S. submarine will arrive in the former American naval base in Subic Bay for a routine port call on Thursday, the US Embassy in the Philippines said on Wednesday.
The USS Olympia (SSN 717)'s visit at Subic Bay - once one of the largest US military installations in the world outside of the American mainland - highlights "the strong historic, community, and military connections between the Philippines and the U.S.," the embassy said in a statement.
Recently, the US military has intensified the deployment of its modern fleets of aircraft, ships and submarines to Australia, Japan, Singapore, the Philippines and other Asian countries as part of its ongoing efforts to reassert its presence and clout as an Asia Pacific power after years of preoccupation in the war in Iraq and Afghanistan, and USS Olympia will be the fourth U.S. submarine to dock in Subic this year.
USS Olympia, which is based in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, is the U.S. Navy's 104th nuclear powered submarine and the 95th of the attack submarine fleet. She is the second United States ship to bear the name in honor of the city of Olympia, Washington.