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USS Freedom to arrive in Manila Tuesday, April 9

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The US Embassy in Manila on Monday announced that the USS Freedom (LCS-1), the US Navy's first littoral combat ship, will dock at the Manila South Harbor Tuesday,April 9.

The visit will highlight the strong historic, community, and military relations between the United States and the Republic of the Philippines.

The port visit will give the crew of the USS Freedom an opportunity to refuel and receive supplies for the next period of its eight-month deployment.

From Manila, the ship will proceed to Singapore, where it is scheduled to participate in the International Maritime Defense Exhibition and Conference.

It is also expected to take part in select phases of the "cooperation afloat readiness and training" exercise series in Southeast Asia.

The USS Freedom’s visit to Manila is unrelated to Balikatan 13, which opened on April 5. While in Manila, the ship’s crew will also be given opportunity for rest and recreation.

The USS Freedom has a crew of 91, and its Filipino-American crew members will use the port call to take time off with their relatives and friends. The families of Filipino-American sailors aboard the USS Freedom hail from Manila, Quezon, Tarlac, and Zambales.

The USS Freedom is the lead ship of the Freedom class of littoral combat ships. She is the third vessel of the United States Navy to be so named for the concept of freedom.

She is the design competitor produced by the Lockheed Martin consortium, in competition with the General Dynamics-designed USS Independence.

She was officially accepted by the Supervisor of Shipbuilding Gulf Coast on behalf of the US Navy from the Lockheed Martin/Marinette Marine/Gibbs and Cox team in Marinette, Wisconsin Sept. 18, 2008.

She is designed for a variety of missions in shallow waters, capable against submarines and ships, as well as minesweeping and humanitarian relief.

The ship is a semi-planing monohull design capable of over 40 knots (74 kilometer per hour/46 miles per hour). Commissioned in Milwaukee, Wisconsin on Nov. 8, 2008, USS Freedom is home-ported in San Diego, California.

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