The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Curtis Wilbur (DDG-54) arrived in
Manila on July 20 for
a routine port call that highlights the strong historic, community, and
military connections between the Philippines
and the .
During the visit, service members from the American ship will participate in a series of community relations projects and sporting events, while experiencing Filipino culture.
Although some USS Curtis Wilbur sailors will be experiencing the
for the first time, some of its crewmen, such as Senior Chief Gas Turbine
System Technician Fitz Dasal, are looking forward to seeing the country again
because they are Filipino-American. Philippines
“I was born in
Bacolod, Philippines, which is south of ,” Dasal said. Manila
“My wife and children are all
citizens, but they currently live in .
I’m very excited and grateful to see them. I’m thankful that the Navy granted
me the opportunity to see my loved ones. The Bacolod is a great country and
I encourage everyone to get out and experience the culture to the fullest,” he
is a longstanding treaty ally of the and became a major
non-NATO ally in 2003. United States
With a partnership spanning more than 70 years, the American and Philippine militaries have worked closely in regional security, counter-terrorism, and combating transnational crime.
USS Curtis Wilbur is on patrol with Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 5 in the
7th Fleet area of responsibility supporting security and stability in the