MANILA, Philippines -- The Avenger-class mine countermeasures ship USS Chief (MCM 14) arrived in Manila, Philippines, March 17, for a port visit.
Chief is visiting Manila while operating in U.S. 7th Fleet to work with our Philippines partners to strengthen regional security and stability, and enhance interoperability.
“The crew of Chief is thrilled at the opportunity to visit Manila,” said Lt. Cmdr. Fred Crayton, commanding officer of Chief. “Our camaraderie with the Philippines is one of our most enduring relationships in the Indo-Pacific region. The Filipino people are some of our closest friends, partners, and allies in which we share a connection based on shared sacrifices for democracy, human rights, and strong societal ties.”
Chief Sailors will have a chance to visit the city and interact with the Filipino community and Philippine Navy.
For one Chief Sailor it is the chance to return home and visit friends and family.
“I’m pretty excited about returning,” said Culinary Specialist 1st Class Angelo Dano, who was born and raised in the Philippines for the first 20 years of his life before he moved to the U.S. in 2003. “I’m going to surprise my two daughters who are visiting some of my family in Manila while we’re in port.”
Dano joined the Navy as an undesignated seaman a few months after arriving in the U.S. to follow his grandfather’s path in life, who retired as a chief storekeeper.
“My grandpa told me the best way to see the world for free was to join the Navy,” said Dano.
He went on to earn his culinary specialist rate in 2006.
“My experience in the Navy has been good to me,” said Dano. “I have been able to travel around the world and experience new things.”
USS Chief, part of Mine Countermeasures Squadron 7, is operating in the Indo-Pacific region to enhance interoperability with partners and serve as a ready-response platform for contingency operations.