MANILA, Philippines — A complete of 8,900 members of the Philippine and American navy will join forces for the upcoming Balikatan workouts this yr, the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) mentioned on Tuesday.
The largest navy workouts of the 2 longtime allies will happen over Luzon from March 28 to April 8, the AFP mentioned in a press release.
AFP mentioned some 3,800 navy personnel and 5,100 U.S. navy forces will practice to “to expand and advance shared tactics, techniques, and procedures that strengthen our response capabilities and readiness for real-world challenges,” based on Major General Jay Bargeron, third Marine Division Commanding General.
This yr’s Balikatan is way greater than 2021, which solely noticed some 1,000 Filipino and American troops.
The US forces will keep social distancing and sporting of face masks throughout workouts “as operationally feasible,” based on AFP.
For his half, US Major General Charlton Sean Gaerlan, AFP Exercise Director mentioned the Balikatan is a testomony to the power of the safety relationship of two international locations, including that the alliance “remains a key source of strength and stability” within the Indo-Pacific area.
“The experience gained in the exercise complements our security cooperation endeavors and will help to enhance existing mutual security efforts,” Gaerlan mentioned.
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