This routine port of call highlights continued U.S. cooperation with partner nations and our strong support for the region.
“We are honored to receive such a warm welcome to this beautiful country,” said Captain Edward Angelinas, Commanding Officer of Chancellorsville. “This port call provided our sailors with a great experience as well as an opportunity for routine repairs. Our sailors were happy to participate in work engagements and community service projects while enjoying Filipino culture.”
During the port visit, Sailors were able to explore the surrounding area through tours sponsored by the ship’s Morale, Welfare and Recreation (MWR), as well as connect with the people of the Philippines through of a community relations event (COMREL) with “Gentle Hands Orphanage”, where sailors lead games and play activities with orphans in Manila. Gentle Hands Orphanage is a child and youth protection agency supposed to be on the front line for the rescue and rehabilitation of the medical, social, psychological and educational needs of children and young people at risk, defending the rights of children.
“I am honored to have had the opportunity to participate in an event that lifts the spirits of children and promotes a healthy relationship between the United States and our allies,” said Devin Workman, Religious Program Specialist 1st Class, of Bellingham, Washington. interacting with the children, seeing them share their stories and seeing their resilience has been a true inspiration that has left an impact that I will carry for the rest of my life.”
Apprentice Seaman Schuyler Olivar, from Manila, Philippines, was one of the few sailors able to spend time in his home country during the port call.
“It was great to be home,” Olivar said. “I haven’t seen some of my relatives since 2014 so it was kind of nice to see them. I’ve really missed the people here in the Philippines, they’re extremely welcoming and friendly. I’ll tell you, the food is absolutely delicious. The first thing I ordered was my favorite dish, sisig, which is an amazing Filipino food. I’m blessed to have had the visit and can’t wait to come back.”
USS Chancellorsville (CG 62) alongside USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) departed the Philippines to continue operations in support of a free and open Indo-Pacific region.
Chancellorsville works as part of the Ronald Reagan Carrier Strike Group and has operated in the South China Sea, East China Sea, Sea of Japan and Philippine Sea.
Chancellorsville is forward deployed to the U.S. 7th Fleet in support of security and stability in the Indo-Pacific and is assigned to Commander Task Force 70, a combat-ready force that protects and defends l collective maritime interest of its allies and partners in the region.