MANILA, Philippines – One of the world’s largest supercarriers, the USS John Stennis, arrived in the Philippines on Saturday for a four-day “goodwill visit” in a bid to enhance United States-Philippine relations, the US Embassy announced.
The USS Stennis, a Nimitz-class nuclear-powered supercarrier of the US Navy that has a floating airport, arrived off Manila Bay at around 2 a.m. Members of the media were supposed to get on board for a tour of the ship at around 9 a.m. but typhoon “Mina” forced the cancellation of the tour.
The US Embassy said the visit was to “further enhance the strong historic ties between the United States and the Republic of the Philippines through community relations projects and professional exchanges between U.S. and Philippine Navy.”
The ship is set to depart on the morning of August 30, Tuesday.
The ship, named after US Senator John Stennis, was commissioned by the US in December 1995.
Its mission is to conduct combat air operations with its embarked Air Wing consisting of around nine squadrons. The attached aircraft include Navy and Marine F/A-18 Hornet, EA-6B Prowler, MH-60R, MH-60S, and E-2C Hawkeye.