Staff, GMA News Online
9 December 2015
US Navy submarine USS Tucson arrived in Subic Bay, Zambales last week for a visit as part of its Indo-Asia-Pacific deployment, the US Embassy said in a statement on Wednesday.
In the statement, USS Tucson chief Senior Chief Electronics Technician Billy Daly Jr. said the Los Angeles-class fast-attack submarine with 150 crew members will showcase the US submarine fleet's capabilities.
“The men have worked and trained hard to prepare the ship for deployment and their performance over the past 11 months has been nothing less than exceptional,” Senior Chief Electronics Technician Billy Daly Jr. said.
“I am proud to serve with each and every one of these sailors and to be part of USS Tucson,” he added.
The USS Tucson can operate in all oceans of the world. Its home port is in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. It is equipped with 12 vertical launch tubes armed with Tomahawk cruise missiles and four torpedo tubes.
The weapons make it capable of anti-submarine warfare and anti-surface ship warfare.
The USS Tucson also boasts its stealth capabilities while only measuring 360 feet long. It is thus ideal for intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance missions.
The US submarine's arrival in the country shows the robust alliance between the old allies amid rising tensions in the South China Sea due to overlapping maritime claims. China for its part has been aggressive in reclaiming disputed areas there to which the US responded with a rebalancing of naval forces to Asia to protect the freedom of navigation.
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