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Carrier Strike Group 5 Welcomes Philippine Navy Sailors for Maritime Logistics Integration

30 June 2023

From Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Askia Collins

SOUTH CHINA SEA - Commander, Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 5 hosted sailors from the Republic of Philippine Navy aboard several strike group ships in the South China Sea during a maritime logistics demonstration that concluded June 16.


PHILIPPINE SEA (June 15, 2023) Lt. Karl Marvil, from Miami, discusses underway replenishment maneuvers with a Philippine Navy sailor aboard Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Robert Smalls in the Philippine Sea, June 15. The Philippines Navy sent Liaison Officers to U.S. warships to exchange maritime logistics operations knowledge in order to strengthen the U.S.–Philippines naval alliance. Robert Smalls is forward-deployed to the U.S. 7th fleet area of operations in support of a free and open Indo-Pacific. Commander, Task Force 73 (CTF-73) in coordination with Military Sealift Command Far East (MSC FE) refuels and resupplies deployed naval forces, along with regional allies and partners in the Indo-Pacific (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class RuKiyah Mack).
PHILIPPINE SEA (June 15, 2023) Lt. Karl Marvil, from Miami, discusses underway replenishment maneuvers with a Philippine Navy sailor aboard Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Robert Smalls in the Philippine Sea, June 15. The Philippines Navy sent Liaison Officers to U.S. warships to exchange maritime logistics operations knowledge in order to strengthen the U.S.–Philippines naval alliance. Robert Smalls is forward-deployed to the U.S. 7th fleet area of operations in support of a free and open Indo-Pacific. Commander, Task Force 73 (CTF-73) in coordination with Military Sealift Command Far East (MSC FE) refuels and resupplies deployed naval forces, along with regional allies and partners in the Indo-Pacific (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class RuKiyah Mack).
PHILIPPINE SEA (June 15, 2023) Lt. Karl Marvil, from Miami, discusses underway replenishment maneuvers with a Philippine Navy sailor aboard Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Robert Smalls in the Philippine Sea, June 15. The Philippines Navy sent Liaison Officers to U.S. warships to exchange maritime logistics operations knowledge in order to strengthen the U.S.–Philippines naval alliance. Robert Smalls is forward-deployed to the U.S. 7th fleet area of operations in support of a free and open Indo-Pacific. Commander, Task Force 73 (CTF-73) in coordination with Military Sealift Command Far East (MSC FE) refuels and resupplies deployed naval forces, along with regional allies and partners in the Indo-Pacific (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class RuKiyah Mack).
USS Robert Smalls (CG 62) Sailor discusses UNREP with Philippine Navy Sailor
PHILIPPINE SEA (June 15, 2023) Lt. Karl Marvil, from Miami, discusses underway replenishment maneuvers with a Philippine Navy sailor aboard Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Robert Smalls in the Philippine Sea, June 15. The Philippines Navy sent Liaison Officers to U.S. warships to exchange maritime logistics operations knowledge in order to strengthen the U.S.–Philippines naval alliance. Robert Smalls is forward-deployed to the U.S. 7th fleet area of operations in support of a free and open Indo-Pacific. Commander, Task Force 73 (CTF-73) in coordination with Military Sealift Command Far East (MSC FE) refuels and resupplies deployed naval forces, along with regional allies and partners in the Indo-Pacific (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class RuKiyah Mack).
Photo By: Petty Officer 2nd Class RuKiyah Mack
VIRIN: 230615-N-QF023-1043


The Philippine Navy sent liaison naval officers (LNO) to several ships attached to CSG 5 to exchange maritime logistics operations knowledge in order to strengthen the U.S.-Philippines alliance.

"Events like this one are the reason we're here,” said Capt. Justin Harts, deputy commodore, Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 15. ”The Philippine Navy is seeking to learn about interoperability with allies and partners, and they came to the right place. Not only did they get to observe underway replenishment operations in real time with the U.S. Navy, but they also had the opportunity to meet with strike group participants from Japan, Australia, and France to discuss common logistics practices that will allow them to sail side-by-side with likeminded navies from around the world who all share a common commitment to international law and the peaceful use of the high seas."

PHILIPPINE SEA (June 15, 2023) Lt. j. g. Tjader De Alba and a Philippine Navy sailor observe a replenishment-at-sea with USNS Carl Brashear (T-AKE 7) from the O-3 level aboard Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Robert Smalls in the Philippine Sea, June 15. The Philippines Navy sent Liaison Officers to U.S. warships to exchange maritime logistics operations knowledge in order to strengthen the U.S.–Philippines naval alliance. Robert Smalls is forward-deployed to the U.S. 7th fleet area of operations in support of a free and open Indo-Pacific. Commander, Task Force 73 (CTF-73) in coordination with Military Sealift Command Far East (MSC FE) refuels and resupplies deployed naval forces, along with regional allies and partners in the Indo-Pacific(U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class RuKiyah Mack).
PHILIPPINE SEA (June 15, 2023) Lt. j. g. Tjader De Alba and a Philippine Navy sailor observe a replenishment-at-sea with USNS Carl Brashear (T-AKE 7) from the O-3 level aboard Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Robert Smalls in the Philippine Sea, June 15. The Philippines Navy sent Liaison Officers to U.S. warships to exchange maritime logistics operations knowledge in order to strengthen the U.S.–Philippines naval alliance. Robert Smalls is forward-deployed to the U.S. 7th fleet area of operations in support of a free and open Indo-Pacific. Commander, Task Force 73 (CTF-73) in coordination with Military Sealift Command Far East (MSC FE) refuels and resupplies deployed naval forces, along with regional allies and partners in the Indo-Pacific(U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class RuKiyah Mack).
PHILIPPINE SEA (June 15, 2023) Lt. j. g. Tjader De Alba and a Philippine Navy sailor observe a replenishment-at-sea with USNS Carl Brashear (T-AKE 7) from the O-3 level aboard Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Robert Smalls in the Philippine Sea, June 15. The Philippines Navy sent Liaison Officers to U.S. warships to exchange maritime logistics operations knowledge in order to strengthen the U.S.–Philippines naval alliance. Robert Smalls is forward-deployed to the U.S. 7th fleet area of operations in support of a free and open Indo-Pacific. Commander, Task Force 73 (CTF-73) in coordination with Military Sealift Command Far East (MSC FE) refuels and resupplies deployed naval forces, along with regional allies and partners in the Indo-Pacific(U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class RuKiyah Mack).
Philippine Navy sailor Observes UNREP aboard USS Robert Smalls (CG 62)
PHILIPPINE SEA (June 15, 2023) Lt. j. g. Tjader De Alba and a Philippine Navy sailor observe a replenishment-at-sea with USNS Carl Brashear (T-AKE 7) from the O-3 level aboard Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Robert Smalls in the Philippine Sea, June 15. The Philippines Navy sent Liaison Officers to U.S. warships to exchange maritime logistics operations knowledge in order to strengthen the U.S.–Philippines naval alliance. Robert Smalls is forward-deployed to the U.S. 7th fleet area of operations in support of a free and open Indo-Pacific. Commander, Task Force 73 (CTF-73) in coordination with Military Sealift Command Far East (MSC FE) refuels and resupplies deployed naval forces, along with regional allies and partners in the Indo-Pacific(U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class RuKiyah Mack).
Photo By: Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class RuKiyah Mack
VIRIN: 230615-N-QF023-1287


The Philippine Navy sailors that sailed aboard U.S. ships worked within deck operations and naval supply sectors and will use this experience to enhance their navy’s operations with underway replenishments.

While underway, the sailors participated in replenishment-at-sea (RAS) and fueling-at-sea (FAS) operations. Several of the sailors were sent to the U.S. Navy’s only forward-deployed aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76), the flagship of CSG 5.

“Working on the aircraft carrier has been an exciting and unique experience,” said Boatswain’s Mate 1st Class Anthony Hasil who serves aboard the weather high-endurance cutter BRP Emilio Jacinto (PS 35). “The crew (was) all very accommodating, and I learned a lot by getting hands-on experience working Station-15 during the FAS.”

PHILIPPINE SEA (June 15, 2023) Seaman 1st Class Boatswains’s Mate Rhey Baylon, from The Philippines, captures line handlers aboard Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Robert Smalls during a replenishment-at-sea with USNS Carl Brashear (T-AKE 7) in the Philippine Sea, June 15. The Philippines Navy sent Liaison Officers to U.S. warships to exchange maritime logistics operations knowledge in order to strengthen the U.S.–Philippines naval alliance. Robert Smalls is forward-deployed to the U.S. 7th fleet area of operations in support of a free and open Indo-Pacific. Commander, Task Force 73 (CTF-73) in coordination with Military Sealift Command Far East (MSC FE) refuels and resupplies deployed naval forces, along with regional allies and partners in the Indo-Pacific (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class RuKiyah Mack).
PHILIPPINE SEA (June 15, 2023) Seaman 1st Class Boatswains’s Mate Rhey Baylon, from The Philippines, captures line handlers aboard Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Robert Smalls during a replenishment-at-sea with USNS Carl Brashear (T-AKE 7) in the Philippine Sea, June 15. The Philippines Navy sent Liaison Officers to U.S. warships to exchange maritime logistics operations knowledge in order to strengthen the U.S.–Philippines naval alliance. Robert Smalls is forward-deployed to the U.S. 7th fleet area of operations in support of a free and open Indo-Pacific. Commander, Task Force 73 (CTF-73) in coordination with Military Sealift Command Far East (MSC FE) refuels and resupplies deployed naval forces, along with regional allies and partners in the Indo-Pacific (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class RuKiyah Mack).
PHILIPPINE SEA (June 15, 2023) Seaman 1st Class Boatswains’s Mate Rhey Baylon, from The Philippines, captures line handlers aboard Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Robert Smalls during a replenishment-at-sea with USNS Carl Brashear (T-AKE 7) in the Philippine Sea, June 15. The Philippines Navy sent Liaison Officers to U.S. warships to exchange maritime logistics operations knowledge in order to strengthen the U.S.–Philippines naval alliance. Robert Smalls is forward-deployed to the U.S. 7th fleet area of operations in support of a free and open Indo-Pacific. Commander, Task Force 73 (CTF-73) in coordination with Military Sealift Command Far East (MSC FE) refuels and resupplies deployed naval forces, along with regional allies and partners in the Indo-Pacific (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class RuKiyah Mack).
Philippine Navy sailor Observes line handlers aboard USS Robert Smalls
PHILIPPINE SEA (June 15, 2023) Seaman 1st Class Boatswains’s Mate Rhey Baylon, from The Philippines, captures line handlers aboard Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Robert Smalls during a replenishment-at-sea with USNS Carl Brashear (T-AKE 7) in the Philippine Sea, June 15. The Philippines Navy sent Liaison Officers to U.S. warships to exchange maritime logistics operations knowledge in order to strengthen the U.S.–Philippines naval alliance. Robert Smalls is forward-deployed to the U.S. 7th fleet area of operations in support of a free and open Indo-Pacific. Commander, Task Force 73 (CTF-73) in coordination with Military Sealift Command Far East (MSC FE) refuels and resupplies deployed naval forces, along with regional allies and partners in the Indo-Pacific (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class RuKiyah Mack).
Photo By: Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class RuKiyah Mack
VIRIN: 230615-N-QF023-1251


The U.S. relationship with the Philippines is one of the most enduring in the Indo-Pacific region and continued efforts between the countries look to focus on increasing readiness and interoperability.

"It was an absolute honor to host our Republic of Philippine Navy allies aboard USS Rafael Peralta,” said Cmdr. Charles Cooper, commanding officer, USS Rafael Peralta (DDG 115). “Having the opportunity to provide replenishment-at-sea training and assist them in expanding their at-sea replenishment capabilities was truly special. My crew takes pride in our ability to execute at-sea sustainment, and we are always happy to showcase that to our allies."

The group of LNOs experienced the RAS and FAS process from both the carrier and the escort ship perspectives.

SOUTH CHINA SEA (June 15, 2023) U.S. Navy Sailors and Philippines Sailors spectate from the port bridge wing aboard the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Rafael Peralta (DDG 115) as an EC-225 Super Puma helicopter takes off from the Military Sealift Command fleet replenishment oiler USNS Carl Brasher (T-AKE 7) during a vertical replenishment-at-sea. Commander, Task Force 73 (CTF) in coordination with Military Sealift Command Far East (MSC FE) refuels and resupplies deployed naval forces, along with regional Allies and partners in the Indo-Pacific. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Colby A. Mothershead)
SOUTH CHINA SEA (June 15, 2023) U.S. Navy Sailors and Philippines Sailors spectate from the port bridge wing aboard the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Rafael Peralta (DDG 115) as an EC-225 Super Puma helicopter takes off from the Military Sealift Command fleet replenishment oiler USNS Carl Brasher (T-AKE 7) during a vertical replenishment-at-sea. Commander, Task Force 73 (CTF) in coordination with Military Sealift Command Far East (MSC FE) refuels and resupplies deployed naval forces, along with regional Allies and partners in the Indo-Pacific. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Colby A. Mothershead)
SOUTH CHINA SEA (June 15, 2023) U.S. Navy Sailors and Philippines Sailors spectate from the port bridge wing aboard the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Rafael Peralta (DDG 115) as an EC-225 Super Puma helicopter takes off from the Military Sealift Command fleet replenishment oiler USNS Carl Brasher (T-AKE 7) during a vertical replenishment-at-sea. Commander, Task Force 73 (CTF) in coordination with Military Sealift Command Far East (MSC FE) refuels and resupplies deployed naval forces, along with regional Allies and partners in the Indo-Pacific. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Colby A. Mothershead)
USS Rafael Peralta (DDG 115) hosts the Philippines Navy during a VERTREP
SOUTH CHINA SEA (June 15, 2023) U.S. Navy Sailors and Philippines Sailors spectate from the port bridge wing aboard the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Rafael Peralta (DDG 115) as an EC-225 Super Puma helicopter takes off from the Military Sealift Command fleet replenishment oiler USNS Carl Brasher (T-AKE 7) during a vertical replenishment-at-sea. Commander, Task Force 73 (CTF) in coordination with Military Sealift Command Far East (MSC FE) refuels and resupplies deployed naval forces, along with regional Allies and partners in the Indo-Pacific. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Colby A. Mothershead)
Photo By: MC2 Colby A. Mothershead
VIRIN: 230615-N-JO829-1011


“It’s a pleasure and it’s a great experience to be a ship rider on USS Robert Smalls,” said Boatswain’s Mate 1st Class Nurjan Ahil who serves aboard the weather high-endurance cutter BRP Ramon Alcaraz (PS 16). “I learned a lot and we’re looking forward to returning again for any other trainings or any other activities being conducted aboard the ship.”

The Ronald Reagan CSG is forward-deployed to the U.S. 7th Fleet area of operations in support of a free and open Indo-Pacific region. U.S. 7th Fleet is the U.S. Navy's largest forward-deployed numbered fleet, and routinely interacts and operates with allies and partners in preserving a free and open Indo-Pacific region.

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