High winds and seas led the John C. Stennis Carrier Strike Group (JCSCSG) to cancel the scheduled port visit in Manila.
“We regret not being able to visit our long standing partners, families and friends, but the weather just didn’t cooperate. We agreed with the advice from the Filipino Coast Guard that conditions were too dangerous,” said USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) Commanding Officer, Capt. Ronald Reis.
Stennis was originally scheduled to arrive in Manila Saturday but had to reschedule to Sunday in hopes that weather would improve. As Typhoon Mina lingered over the Philippines the visit was officially cancelled.
“We have a long standing alliance with the Philippines and we looked forward to our visit but safety is always a priority for us,” said Commander, JCSCSG Rear Adm. Craig Faller.
The JCSCSG is comprised of USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74), guided-missile cruiser USS Mobile Bay (CG 53) and Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 21, which includes guided-missile destroyers, USS Pinckney (DDG 91); USS Kidd (DDG 100); USS Dewey (DDG 105); and USS Wayne E. Meyer (DDG 108).
The embarked Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 9 on board John C. Stennis includes Strike Fighter Squadrons (VFA) 14, (VFA) 41, (VFA) 97, (VFA) 192; Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 112; Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 133; Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 8; Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron (HSM) 71; and Carrier Logistics Support Squadron (VRC) 30.
JCSCSG will continue on its scheduled deployment in the U.S. 7th Fleet and 5th Fleet areas of responsibility, which includes the western Pacific Ocean and Arabian Gulf. John C. Stennis’ last deployment to 7th Fleet was in 2009.