One of America’s most advanced submarines began a port call in the Philippines on Monday.
According to the U.S. embassy in the Philippines, the Los Angeles-class fast-attack submarine USS Chicago (SSN 721) made a port call in Subic Bay, Philippines on Monday. The site was home to one of America’s largest oversea military bases before it was shut down by the Philippines in 1992.
The USS Chicago was the first fast-attack submarine to be built with a vertical launch system, the embassy noted in its press release announcing the visit. The submarine is more than 360 feet long and weighs some 7,000 tons when submerged.
The submarine is capable of supporting numerous different missions, the embassy noted, including intelligence, surveillance, reconnaissance, anti-submarine warfare, anti-surface ship warfare, and strike. It carries a crew of 170 sailors.