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US sub presence not related to maritime tension—DND 05/17/2012

Thursday, May 17, 2012

US sub presence not related to maritime tension—DND

05/17/2012
Department officials yesterday downplayed speculations that the presence of a United States attack submarine in Subic Bay has something to do with the standoff between the Philippines and China over the disputed Panatag (Scarborough) Shoal in the West Philippine Sea.

Department of National Defense spokesman Peter Paul Galvez described the docking of USS North Carolina in Subic Bay, Zambales as a routine port call of a foreign vessel.

“It’s a regular port call of foreign ships, for replenishment. That’s common for their troops, especially this is submarine, they would be more than willing to step on land,” he stressed..... MORE

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