Date
12 December 2017
US Navy personnel returning to Subic Bay will have to operate under new rules. Source: Wikimedia Commons
US Navy personnel returning to Subic Bay will have to operate under new rules. Source: Wikimedia Commons

US Navy to renew presence at former Philippines base

The United States and Philippines are expected to solidify military ties including use of a 60,000-acre Subic facility that the US formally left in 1992.

US Navy personnel will return in significant numbers to Subic Bay for joint military exercises next year, Christian Science Monitor reported.

The return of the Americans follows a deal hammered out with the Philippine military last spring.

At present, US ships are using Subic Bay as a re-supply port during routine calls. 

On Nov. 17, US President Barack Obama is set to visit Manila as part of a regional economic cooperation event.

During the trip, he is expected to strengthen military cooperation between the two sides, including use of the Subic facility.

After World War II, Subic gained prominence as the largest US naval facility in the Pacific, cherished for its deep water, sheltered spots to anchor ships, and elaborate repair infrastructure.

Yet during the heyday of Subic, US naval personnel gained notoriety for helping turn the area into a zone of hostess bars and prostitution that fostered local crime.

Now, the returning military must stay on approved parts of the base. 

A curfew will be enforced around the base from midnight to 5 am to curb unruly behavior, according to the report.

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