The USS Curtis Wilbur (DDG-54), an Arleigh Burke class guided missile destroyer, has docked in Manila Bay as part of a routine visit for maintenance and crew rest.
The ship, which was commissioned in March 1994 and is based in Yokosuka, Japan, is an integral part of the Battle Force Seventh Fleet, the US Navy’s only permanently forward deployed naval force.
With a crew of more than 300, the Curtis Wilbur has conducted operations in support of Operation Southern Watch in 1999 and Operation Enduring Freedom in 2001 and has participated in numerous exercises.
The vessel arrived on January 24. While in Manila, some members of the ship’s crew will meet with the Philippine Coast Guard as a means of continuing to build the relationship between Filipino and American troops.