U.S. forces have been training and arming Filipino soldiers
battling al-Qaida-linked militants in the south.
The Carl Vinson came from the North Arabian Sea, where it
had received the SEAL team that carried bin Laden’s body after his death in his
compound near a Pakistani military academy.
Pentagon officials have said that on the carrier, bin
Laden’s body was placed in a “weighted bag,” an officer made
religious remarks and the remains were put on a flat board and tipped into the
Defense Secretary Robert Gates has said that during a recent
meeting with SEAL members who attacked bin Laden, they expressed concerns about
their families’ security.
American officials agreed shortly after bin Laden was killed
not to release any details on the commando assault, Gates said, but added
“that fell apart — the next day.”
“We are looking at what measures can be taken to pump
up the security,” Gates said.
The U.S. Embassy said Carl Vinson’s servicemen will take
part in sports events and civic projects with Filipino counterparts.
Philippine police have stepped up security in the capital,
where left-wing groups have threatened to stage anti-U.S. military protests and
al-Qaida-linked militants have previously staged bombings.