An official website of the United States government
Here's how you know
A .mil website belongs to an official U.S. Department of Defense organization in the United States.
A lock (lock ) or https:// means you’ve safely connected to the .mil website. Share sensitive information only on official, secure websites.


U.S., Philippine Navies Conduct Bilateral Sail to Enhance Interoperability

04 September 2023

From U.S. 7th Fleet Public Affairs

SOUTH CHINA SEA - U.S. Navy Arleigh Burke-class guided missile-destroyer USS Ralph Johnson (DDG 114) and Philippine Navy guided-missile frigate BRP Jose Rizal (FF-150) conducted a bilateral sail in the South China Sea Sept. 4, to enhance the interoperability between the two navies.

230904-N-NF288-016 SOUTH CHINA SEA (Sep. 04, 2023) The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Ralph Johnson (DDG 114) sails alongside the Republic of the Philippines Navy ship BRP Jose Rizal (FF 150) during a bilateral sail in the South China Sea, Sep. 4. Ralph Johnson is assigned to Commander, Task Force 71/Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 15, the Navy’s largest forward-deployed DESRON and the U.S. 7th Fleet’s principal surface force. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Jamaal Liddell)
230904-N-NF288-016 SOUTH CHINA SEA (Sep. 04, 2023) The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Ralph Johnson (DDG 114) sails alongside the Republic of the Philippines Navy ship BRP Jose Rizal (FF 150) during a bilateral sail in the South China Sea, Sep. 4. Ralph Johnson is assigned to Commander, Task Force 71/Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 15, the Navy’s largest forward-deployed DESRON and the U.S. 7th Fleet’s principal surface force. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Jamaal Liddell)
230904-N-NF288-016 SOUTH CHINA SEA (Sep. 04, 2023) The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Ralph Johnson (DDG 114) sails alongside the Republic of the Philippines Navy ship BRP Jose Rizal (FF 150) during a bilateral sail in the South China Sea, Sep. 4. Ralph Johnson is assigned to Commander, Task Force 71/Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 15, the Navy’s largest forward-deployed DESRON and the U.S. 7th Fleet’s principal surface force. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Jamaal Liddell)
USS Ralph Johnson (DDG 114) sails alongside the Republic of the Philippines Navy ship
230904-N-NF288-016 SOUTH CHINA SEA (Sep. 04, 2023) The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Ralph Johnson (DDG 114) sails alongside the Republic of the Philippines Navy ship BRP Jose Rizal (FF 150) during a bilateral sail in the South China Sea, Sep. 4. Ralph Johnson is assigned to Commander, Task Force 71/Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 15, the Navy’s largest forward-deployed DESRON and the U.S. 7th Fleet’s principal surface force. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Jamaal Liddell)
Photo By: Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Jamaal Liddell
VIRIN: 230904-N-NF288-016


During the sail, the ships completed division tactics (DIVTACS), which is at-sea training designed for ship handlers to practice maneuvering within close proximity to other vessels and improve the confidence of the bridge teams to manage more challenging sailing conditions.

230904-N-NF288-032 SOUTH CHINA SEA (Sep. 04, 2023) The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Ralph Johnson (DDG 114) sails alongside the Republic of the Philippines Navy ship BRP Jose Rizal (FF 150) during a bilateral sail in the South China Sea, Sep. 4. Ralph Johnson is assigned to Commander, Task Force 71/Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 15, the Navy’s largest forward-deployed DESRON and the U.S. 7th Fleet’s principal surface force. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Jamaal Liddell)
230904-N-NF288-032 SOUTH CHINA SEA (Sep. 04, 2023) The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Ralph Johnson (DDG 114) sails alongside the Republic of the Philippines Navy ship BRP Jose Rizal (FF 150) during a bilateral sail in the South China Sea, Sep. 4. Ralph Johnson is assigned to Commander, Task Force 71/Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 15, the Navy’s largest forward-deployed DESRON and the U.S. 7th Fleet’s principal surface force. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Jamaal Liddell)
230904-N-NF288-025 SOUTH CHINA SEA (Sep. 04, 2023) The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Ralph Johnson (DDG 114) sails alongside the Republic of the Philippines Navy ship BRP Jose Rizal (FF 150) during a bilateral sail in the South China Sea, Sep. 4. Ralph Johnson is assigned to Commander, Task Force 71/Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 15, the Navy’s largest forward-deployed DESRON and the U.S. 7th Fleet’s principal surface force. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Jamaal Liddell)
230904-N-NF288-025 SOUTH CHINA SEA (Sep. 04, 2023) The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Ralph Johnson (DDG 114) sails alongside the Republic of the Philippines Navy ship BRP Jose Rizal (FF 150) during a bilateral sail in the South China Sea, Sep. 4. Ralph Johnson is assigned to Commander, Task Force 71/Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 15, the Navy’s largest forward-deployed DESRON and the U.S. 7th Fleet’s principal surface force. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Jamaal Liddell)
230904-N-NF288-008 SOUTH CHINA SEA (Sep. 04, 2023) The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Ralph Johnson (DDG 114) sails alongside the Republic of the Philippines Navy ship BRP Jose Rizal (FF 150) during a bilateral sail in the South China Sea, Sep. 4. Ralph Johnson is assigned to Commander, Task Force 71/Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 15, the Navy’s largest forward-deployed DESRON and the U.S. 7th Fleet’s principal surface force. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Jamaal Liddell)
230904-N-NF288-008 SOUTH CHINA SEA (Sep. 04, 2023) The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Ralph Johnson (DDG 114) sails alongside the Republic of the Philippines Navy ship BRP Jose Rizal (FF 150) during a bilateral sail in the South China Sea, Sep. 4. Ralph Johnson is assigned to Commander, Task Force 71/Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 15, the Navy’s largest forward-deployed DESRON and the U.S. 7th Fleet’s principal surface force. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Jamaal Liddell)
230904-N-NF288-005 SOUTH CHINA SEA (Sep. 04, 2023) The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Ralph Johnson (DDG 114) sails alongside the Republic of the Philippines Navy ship BRP Jose Rizal (FF 150) during a bilateral sail in the South China Sea, Sep. 4. Ralph Johnson is assigned to Commander, Task Force 71/Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 15, the Navy’s largest forward-deployed DESRON and the U.S. 7th Fleet’s principal surface force. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Jamaal Liddell)
230904-N-NF288-005 SOUTH CHINA SEA (Sep. 04, 2023) The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Ralph Johnson (DDG 114) sails alongside the Republic of the Philippines Navy ship BRP Jose Rizal (FF 150) during a bilateral sail in the South China Sea, Sep. 4. Ralph Johnson is assigned to Commander, Task Force 71/Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 15, the Navy’s largest forward-deployed DESRON and the U.S. 7th Fleet’s principal surface force. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Jamaal Liddell)

“This was a great opportunity to continue improving our ability to operate alongside our allies from the Philippines,” said USS Ralph Johnson Officer Of The Deck (OOD) Lt.j.g. Vince Smetona, from San Clemente, California. “The relationship between our navies has been incredibly strong for a long time, and evolutions like this allow us to keep strengthening those bonds at a ship-level.”

U.S. 7th Fleet routinely sails with allies and partners to build interoperability and address shared maritime security challenges.

 “U.S. 7th Fleet will continue to find opportunities to sail alongside our allies and partners and reinforce the importance of professional maritime operations at sea anywhere international law allows.  Our U.S.-Philippines alliance remains vital to Indo-Pacific security and stability in the region,” said Vice Adm. Karl Thomas, Commander, U.S. 7th Fleet. 

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.

Guidance-Card-Icon Dept-Exclusive-Card-Icon