USS John S. McCain (DDG 56) approaches Puerto Princesa, Dec. 24. (U.S. Navy/MC3 James Vazquez)

PUERTO PRINCESA, Philippines - The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS John S. McCain arrived in Puerto Princesa, Dec. 24 for a brief routine port call.

During the visit, the McCain crew will participate in a series of community service projects and sporting events.

The Philippines is a longstanding treaty ally of the United States with a more than 70-year history of partnership. The American and Philippine militaries have worked closely together on areas of mutual interest such as humanitarian assistance and disaster relief, counter terrorism, cybersecurity and maritime security.

McCain is forward-deployed to the U.S. 7th Fleet area of operations, operating from Yokosuka, Japan, in support of security and stability in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region.