Two US Navy warships will visit Manila and Cebu this weekend, as U.S. and Philippine officials vowed to strengthen cooperation in maritime security.

The guided missile destroyer USS Wayne E. Meyer will arrive in Manila Bay while the USS Chafee will be at the port of Cebu for “routine port calls,” the U.S. Embassy said in a statement.

The visits came as U.S. and Philippine diplomatic and defense officials ended a two-day meeting in Washington.

“We agreed to deepen and broaden our maritime security cooperation,” the two sides said in another statement released by the embassy Saturday.

Defense officials led by Undersecretary for Legal and Legislative Affairs and Strategic Concerns Pio Lorenzo Batino were working out details of an “increased presence” of US troops in the country, Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin said Friday.

Gazmin said he and Foreign Affairs Sec. Albert del Rosario will follow up on agreements reached in the meeting when they meet with U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Defense Secretary Leon Panetta in the U.S. in March. (John Roson)

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