The US’ nuclear-powered USS John Stennis aircraft carrier was set to leave, only hours after arriving in Manila Bay, due to bad weather brought by typhoon Mina (international name: Nanmadol).
“Weather permitting, the strike group may return to continue its port visit at a later date,” US Embassy spokeswoman Tina Malone said in a text message.
The USS Stennis, a Nimitz-class nuclear-powered supercarrier of the US Navy, arrived at the Manila Bay around 2 a.m.
Media photographers were supposed to “meet” the ship near Corregidor Island onboard a Philippine Navy boat at 6:30 a.m., but the trip was cancelled.
Reporters were also scheduled to get on board for a tour and interview ship officials around 9 a.m., but big waves prompted organizers to cancel the event.
Crew members of the USS Stennis, on the other hand, were scheduled to conduct a community service at the Lawang Bato National High School in Valenzuela City on Monday. The ship was originally scheduled to leave Wednesday.
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.” (John Roson)
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