Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Central Command (CENTCOM) Commanding General Lieutenant General Oscar T. Lactao and United States III Marine Expeditionary Force Commanding General Lieutenant General Marine Lawrence D. Nicholson today led the opening of Balikatan 2017 at Camp Aguinaldo, Quezon City, May 8, 2017.
Lactao is the Philippine exercise director for Balikatan 2017 and Nicholson is the exercise director for US.
For this year’s Balikatan, only two of AFP’s unified commands will interact with American units until the 19th. These are Cebu-based CENTCOM and Tarlac-based Northern Luzon Command (NOLCOM). Last year, Southern Luzon Command and Western Command joined the said military exercise.
This year’s Balikatan will focus on humanitarian assistance and disaster relief, and counter-terrorism.
“We will be having small arms military-to-military activities, some joint special operations activities which is really aligned to counter-terrorism,” said Balikatan spokesperson for Philippines Major Frank Sayson.
Other activities include underwater demolition activities in Ormoc, Leyte wherein US operatives will teach their Filipino counterparts the techniques in clearing up debris in the sea bottom to allow ships to safely dock and use the port and expedite the transport of relief supplies and aid to areas battered by typhoon and other calamities.
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...]