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US and Philippine warships and aircraft conduct massive exercises in the East Sea

US and Philippine warships and aircraft conduct massive exercises in the East Sea 0

US and Philippine warships and aircraft conduct massive exercises in the East Sea

(Dan Tri) – The US and Philippine navies deployed modern ships and aircraft to participate in the annual Balikatan exercise in the East Sea recently.

The US released photos recording the Balikatan exercise between the US Navy and the Philippine Navy in the East Sea last week.

US and Philippine warships and aircraft conduct massive exercises in the East Sea

This year’s Balikatan exercise lasts 2 weeks, expected to end on April 12.

US and Philippine warships and aircraft conduct massive exercises in the East Sea

The USS Wasp amphibious ships carrying F-35B fighter jets and US marines arrived in Subic Bay, Philippines on March 30.

US and Philippine warships and aircraft conduct massive exercises in the East Sea

`Exercises like Balikatan will strengthen international partnerships as well as the military capacity of participating countries to quickly respond to crises in the Indo-Pacific,` Hai said.

US and Philippine warships and aircraft conduct massive exercises in the East Sea

Balikatan means `shoulder to shoulder`, and is an annual joint exercise between two long-time military allies the US and the Philippines.

US and Philippine warships and aircraft conduct massive exercises in the East Sea

Compared to previous years, this year’s Balikatan exercise is more special with the participation of F-35B fighter aircraft for the first time.

According to Philippine media, this year’s Balikatan exercise will focus on maritime security.

During the Balikatan 2019 exercise, the armies of the countries will jointly carry out landing operations, live fire exercises, air combat, and anti-terrorism.

US Navy sailors work together with officers of the Armed Forces of the Philippines during the Balikatan 2019 exercise in the East Sea.

During a visit to the Philippines in March, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced that any armed conflict in the East Sea involving the Philippines would trigger the mutual defense treaty between the two countries.

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Photo: US Navy

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