Friday, May 31, 2013

US guided missile destroyer due in Manila Friday

From InterAksyon (May 30): US guided missile destroyer due in Manila Friday

The USS Paul Hamilton (DDG6), an Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyer of the US Navy, will arrive Friday, May 31, in Manila “for a routine port call,” the United States Embassy said.

During its visit, the Paul Hamilton “will refuel and receive supplies, while its crew will be given opportunity for rest and recreation as well as to render community service at the Manila American Cemetery and Memorial in Fort Bonifacio,” an embassy statement said.

At least 24 Filipino-Americans are among the warship’s crew of 300.

The destroyer was commissioned in 1995 at the US Naval Station in Charleston, South Caroline, and is now based in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii.

It is 505 feet long, displaces 8,300 tons on full load, and has a top speed of more than 30 knots.

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