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8,900 US and PH troops join forces for Balikatan

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 U.S. Marine Corps MV-22B Ospreys assigned to Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 363 (VMM-363), 1st Marine Aircraft Wing, arrive at Subic Bay International Airport ahead of Balikatan 22 in the Philippines.

U.S. Marine Corps MV-22B Ospreys assigned to Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 363 (VMM-363), 1st Marine Aircraft Wing, arrive at Subic Bay International Airport forward of Balikatan 22 within the Philippines. PHOTOS FROM US EMBASSY

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.

READ: Only 1,000 troops join scaled-down Balikatan

The US forces will keep social distancing and sporting of face masks throughout workouts “as operationally feasible,” based on AFP.

Members of the Armed Forces of the Philippines and U.S. Air Force 18th Civil Engineer Group, 18th Wing, work together on construction efforts ahead of Balikatan 22 at Masi Elementary School, Rizal, Cagayan.

Members of the Armed Forces of the Philippines and U.S. Air Force 18th Civil Engineer Group, 18th Wing, work collectively on building efforts forward of Balikatan 22 at Masi Elementary School, Rizal, Cagayan.

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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