The amphibious assault ship of the United States Navy, the USS America (LHA-6), is seen docked at the Manila South Harbor pier, Sunday. The USS America patrols the Indo-Pacific region as part of the America Ready Group, while carrying MV-22B Ospreys, F-35B Lightning multirole aircrafts, attack/support helicopters, and part of the Marine expeditionary unit. PHOTO BY J. GERARD SEGUIA


In a show of supremacy in the seas, a US warship, considered the first of the America-class amphibious assault ships and the fourth warship to bear this name, made its first port call in Manila but clarified that it was here for “rest and recreation” for its servicemen.

The USS America (LHA 6), with 1,100 on board, is docked at Pier 15 of the Manila South Harbor until Thursday, March 23, 2023.

According to a fact sheet provided by the United States Embassy, “the ship stands alone among the warships of the world in her design and capability.”

The warship arrived as tension brewed between the US and China, with Beijing asserting its right over the disputed territories and sending its coast guards to drive away perceived poachers.

“[USS] America facilitates forward presence and power projection as an integral part of joint, interagency, and multinational maritime expeditionary forces, supporting Marine Corps tenets of operational maneuver from the sea and ship to objective maneuver,” the embassy said.