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US missile cruiser sets Subic visit

The Ticonderoga-class guided missile cruiser USS Shiloh (CG-67) is set to arrive in Subic Bay over weekend for a port visit as part of an ongoing patrol in the Pacific theater, the United States Embassy said on Friday.

The embassy said the routine port visit will permit the ship to replenish supplies, strengthen people-to-people ties through community outreach and will afford the approximately 360-person crew, of which 31 are Filipino-Americans, the opportunity to briefly experience Filipino culture.

The cruiser, currently commander by Captain Kurush Morris, was named for the Battle of Shiloh during the American Civil War and is capable of facing threats in the air, at sea or shore.

The warship is also capable of employing two SH-60 Seahawk  multi-purpose helicopters, used primarily for anti-submarine warfare.

The USS Shiloh is part of the forward-deployed Naval Forces of the U.S. Seventh Fleet, the unified combat command responsible for the overall stability of the Indo-Asia-Pacific region.

Meanwhile , the U.S. Embassy also announced its support for 30 outstanding youth leaders, aged 18 to 23, from Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao to attend the culminating Sea and Earth Advocates (SEA) Camp in Coron, Palawan from June 10-14, 2015.

The ten representatives from each region were chosen based on the marine and coastal conservation project proposals they pitched to a panel of mentors at the end of each regional SEA Camp.

The Luzon SEA Camp was held in Calatagan, Batangas from April 15-21; the Visayas SEA Camp in Siaton, Negros Oriental from April 27-May 3; and the Mindanao SEA Camp in Bongao, Tawi-Tawi from May 9-15.

The winning proposals from each region are receiving funding for their implementation from U.S. Embassy Manila, as well as assistance and guidance from local partners and Save Philippine Seas.

At the culminating SEA Camp, the regional representatives will give updates about their accomplishments.

Ten projects will have the chance to receive additional funding to take their projects further. In addition to presenting updates on their projects, the participants will explore Coron Island and hear from U.S. Acting Deputy Chief of Mission Eric Kneedler and prominent figures in the field of environmental conservation,  such as environmental economist Rina Rosales, AA Yaptinchay of Marine Wildlife Watch of the Philippines, artist AG Saño, and Ramon Magsaysay Awardee lawyer Antonio Oposa.

SEA Camp is a partnership between SPS and the U.S. Embassy in Manila and aims to empower youth aged 18 to 23 to play bigger roles in conservation. SEA Camp is also supported by Bobble, CP Kelco, Havaianas, Human Nature, Lagu, Nipa Foods, and Smart Communications, Inc.

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