Armed Forces of the Philippines and United States military engineers are now working together, balikatan, to build a new classroom at Don Carlos Elementary School in Ormoc. Photo above shows US Marine Lance Corporal Thomas Whitworth, right, and Filipino Private First Class Usabel Aljen weld roof supports during in Ormoc, Leyte, April 23, 2017.
Balikatan 2017 exercise proper will be taking place May 8 to 19 in multiple locations in Luzon and the Visayas region, however, pre event activities are already being conducted which include humanitarian assistance and disaster relief operations.
Humanitarian engagements will be conducted in Panay, Leyte, and Samar. US and Filipino service members will work together to renovate five schools and conduct community medical engagements with local residents.
This year’s Balikatan will focus on enhancement of partnership in counterterrorism capabilities in order to build safer communities and work towards the eradication of global terror networks.
The US Embassy said American and Filipino forces will conduct operational and counterterrorism training exercises in diverse areas of expertise, including live fire advanced marksmanship, counter improvised explosive devices (IED), maritime interdiction, and amphibious raids.
The Japan Coast Guard (JCG) will for the first time deploy a vessel to Australia, as part of efforts to strengthen counter-piracy measures in Southeast Asia. The vessel, the 3,300-tonne Souya-class … [Read More...]
MANILA -- The visit of US Chief-of-Navy Operations, Admiral John Richardson, to the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) headquarters in Camp Aguinaldo, Quezon City gave both the Philippines and the … [Read More...]
I was able to attend the 2018 Asian Defense and Security (ADAS) at the World Trade Center (WTC) in Manila recently, and every time the event is held (every two years) it always seem to get bigger and … [Read More...]
MANILA -- The US government reiterated its offer to supply the Philippines with the Lockheed Martin F-16. The offer took place during Department of National Defense (DND) Secretary Delfin … [Read More...]
The kit incorporates, among other systems, an electro-optical imager and a variant of ELTA Systems' EL/M-2022 synthetic aperture radar The 300th Air Intelligence and Security Wing (AISW) of the … [Read More...]
The Philippines will hold joint military exercises with China during the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean)-China military exercise to be held in Zhanjiang, China on October 22 to 29, the … [Read More...]