By: Elena L Aben, Tempo
Saturday, 04 September 2010
Nuclear-powered US Navy super carrier USS George
Washington(CVN73), with her combined crew of
about 6,000 sailors, arrives in Manila today for
a four-day goodwill visit.
US sailors, together with their counterparts in
the Philippine Navy, will conduct humanitarian
and development activities that include coastal
clean-up and other community service, aside from
having the opportunity to have an exchange of
CVN 73 is arriving along with guided-missile
destroyers USSJohn S McCain (DDG56), USS
McCampbell (DDG 86), and USS Cowpens (CG 63).
Lt. Col. Edgard Arevalo, Philippine Navy
spokesman ,said Rear Admiral Dan Cloyd, head
of the Carrier Strike Group (CSG),leads the
US delegation while Capt. David "Too Tall"
Lausman is the commander of CVN 73, the CSG
or Carrier Task Force 70 (CTF-70)flagship.
The visit comes amid escalating tensions over
territorial dispute in the South China Sea
as China recently adopted a harder line on
its claims to the area and with the United
States getting into the debate.