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US battleship docks in city

American combat ship USS Montgomery (LCS 8) arrived in the city on Saturday for the ship’s first port visit to the Philippines. The ship, with around 40 crew, will be in the city for three days.

In a press statement issued by the US Embassy Public Information Office, Rear Adm. Joey Tynch, the commander of the United Stated Navy’s Logistics Group Western Pacific, stressed the importance of the U.S.-Philippine partnership.

“Our navies, just like our nations, have a long history of cooperation and partnership based on mutual trust, respect and decades of friendship,” Tynch said. “Every port visit and exercise we complete together continues to strengthen maritime security and regional stability.”

During the port visit, Montgomery will host the tour of local military and civic leaders.

According to Cmdr. Edward Rosso, Montgomery’s commanding officer, it is an honor to visit one of the longest-standing U.S. allies in the Indo-Pacific region.

“My crew and I are very much looking forward to visiting Davao City,” said Rosso. “Port visits allow us to demonstrate our commitment to maritime security in the region, while strengthening relationships with our friends, partners and allies.”

The U.S. 7th Fleet is conducting forward-deployed naval operations in support of U.S. national interests in the Indo-Pacific area of operations. As the U.S. Navy’s largest numbered fleet, U.S. 7th Fleet interacts with 35 other maritime nations to build partnerships that foster maritime security, promote stability and prevent conflict.

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