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President Aquino Visits USS Carl Vinson


May 14, 2011

President Aquino Visits USS Carl Vinson

President Benigno S. Aquino III and U.S. Ambassador Harry K. Thomas, Jr., were given a special tour of the USS Carl Vinson, a U.S. Navy aircraft carrier, while she was out at sea on May 14.   The USS Carl Vinson Carrier Group, which includes the USS Shiloh, USS Bunker Hill, and USS Gridley, will be in Manila May 15 to 19 for a routine port call and goodwill visit that highlights the strong historic, community, and military connections between the United States and the Republic of the Philippines. 

“We are so honored that President Aquino was able to visit the carrier today,” said Ambassador Thomas. “The crew was just thrilled to be able to meet him and the other distinguished visitors who joined us,” he added.

Other distinguished visitors who toured the USS Carl Vinson include Philippine Secretary of Foreign Affairs Albert del Rosario, Secretary of National Defense Voltaire Gazmin, Secretary of Finance Cesar Purisima, Secretary of Presidential Communications Ricky Carandang, Armed Forces Chief of Staff Lieutenant General Eduardo Oban, Presidential Chief of Staff Julia Abad, U.S. Embassy Deputy Chief of Mission Leslie A. Bassett, and PAGCOR Chairman Cristino Naguiat, Jr.

In addition to touring the aircraft carrier, the officials met with Filipino-American sailors aboard the ship.

Ship visits ensure that members of both of our armed forces will understand each other better and acquire the vital skills needed to conduct humanitarian assistance and disaster relief missions at home and abroad. 

While in Manila, the men and women of the USS Carl Vinson carrier group will participate in a series of events with Philippine service members, including sporting events, seminars, and community assistance projects.  In Manila the Carl Vinson Carrier Strike Group visit will contribute more than P200 million to the local economy, estimated from port fees and crew expenditures.