The US Navy’s brand-new littoral combat ship, USS Fort Worth (LCS-3) is in Cebu for a “port call” visit.
Its arrival on Sunday marked the ship’s second port call as it transited back to its homeport of San Diego, California.
A littoral combat ship is a class of relatively small surface vessels intended for operations close to shore.
“Our overall mission of the stop is to receive the fuel we need to continue our voyage home,” Cmdr. Michael
Brasseur, commanding officer, was quoted by the US Embassy in Manila as saying in a news release.
While in Cebu, sailors on board the USS Fort Worth will get the opportunity to enjoy a few days of rest and relaxation, as well as participate in multiple cultural engagements, while the ship conducts refueling operations and onloads stores, the embassy said.
The combat ship has been deployed to the US 7th Fleet for more than 18 months, completing many multilateral exercises and participating in evolutions such as the AirAsia Flight QZ8501 recovery efforts.
The US 7th Fleet conducts forward-deployed naval operations in the Indo-Asia-Pacific area of operations.
As the US Navy’s largest numbered fleet, it interacts with 35 other maritime nations to build maritime partnerships that foster maritime security, promote stability and prevent conflict.
Last year, the combat ship encountered several Chinese warships in the tense South China Sea.