In this file photo, USS Chosin (CG 65) departs Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam in April for its current deployment. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Dustin W. Sisco)

SUBIC BAY, Republic of Philippines - The Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Chosin (CG 65) arrived in Subic Bay, Republic of the Philippines for a port visit, June 12.

"It is wonderful to be back in the Philippines," said Capt. Patrick Kelly, commanding officer. "The warmth and hospitality of the Philippine people is as exceptional, as it is inviting. The crew of Chosin is excited to experience the culture and establish friendships during our stay here in Subic Bay."

Sailors will have the opportunity to experience the Philippines with various outdoor adventures and regional attractions, which include the Subic Bay Zoo, golf, and local cuisine, Most of which events are, provided by the ship's morale, welfare and recreation (MWR) association.

The port visit is also an opportunity for many Sailors with Filipino backgrounds to embrace their heritage or visit family.

"I'm excited to see my father, a retired senior chief petty officer, during this port visit," said Chief Petty Officer Eugene Gabriel, who is from the Republic of the Philippines. "It's been three years since I have been back and I look forward to taking some time to explore the country again."

Chosin is currently on deployment in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of responsibility supporting security and stability in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region.