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USS Montgomery arrives in Philippines during first deployment

USS Montgomery (LCS 8) transits from Naval Base San Diego to the Pacific Ocean to conduct routine operations and training. Littoral combat ships are high-speed, agile, shallow draft, mission-focused surface combatants designed for operations in the littoral environment, yet fully capable of open ocean operations. As part of the surface fleet, LCS has the ability to counter and outpace evolving threats independently or within a network of surface combatants. (U.S. Navy photo courtesy of Muckley Photography/Released)

The USS Montgomery has arrived at an important strategic port in its maiden deployment.

The Independence-class littoral combat ship arrived in the Philippines last week and will host local military and civic leaders during its time in port.

“My crew and I are very much looking forward to visiting Davao City,” Montgomery’s commanding officer (Blue Crew) Cmdr. Edward A. Rosso said. “Port visits allow us to demonstrate our commitment to maritime security in the region, while strengthening relationships with our friends, partners and allies.”

The ship is the second to be named after Montgomery. It was commissioned in 2016, five years after the U.S. Navy decided on the name. It aced tests before being commissioned, but encountered some early problems with engines and marine growth that delayed the departure of the ship.

It carried the bell of the original USS Montgomery, which is more than 125 years old, that now rests at Montgomery City Hall. It traveled to Mobile, Alabama, to Cuba, Florida, through the Panama Canal, and into port in San Diego.

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Andrew Yawn contributed this report

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