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U.S. Navy submarines to arrive in Philippines this weekend


17:10, June 06, 2013

MANILA, June 6 (Xinhua) -- The U.S. Navy submarine tender USS Frank Cable (AS 40) and submarine USS Asheville (SSN 758) will arrive in the Philippines this weekend for routine port calls, the U.S. Embassy in Manila said Thursday.

USS Frank Cable will arrive in Subic Bay, northern Philippines on Friday while USS Asheville will come in Saturday. The crew of both USS Frank Cable and USS Asheville will refuel and receive supplies, according to a statement issued by the embassy.

Frank Cable has 1,500 crew members and serves as the U.S. 7th Fleet's mobile repair and support platform. The ship is homeported in Guam. The Asheville is a Los Angeles-class submarine and homeported in San Diego, California.

The embassy also reported that Admiral Samuel J. Locklear III, Commander of the U.S. Pacific Command, will visit Manila on June 6- 7 to discuss security matters with Philippine defense officials.

Admiral Locklear's visit follows his attendance at the Shangri- La Dialogue in Singapore, an annual security forum where he met with defense officials from Asia-Pacific countries.

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