Balikatan 2013 kicks off April 5


US Army on board the US Humbee vehicle manning the perimeter area of the Southern Command Headquarters. PDI FILE PHOTO

MANILA, Philippines – About 8,000 soldiers from the United States and Philippines will participate in this year’s 29th Balikatan exercises in April, the military said Tuesday.

“High-ranking military officers from the Armed Forces of the Philippines, United States military, and other partner countries’ military will convene for the Multinational Maritime Table-Top Exercise (TTX) here in Camp Aguinaldo this April. This will be the highlight of the upcoming Balikatan Exercise 2013 which will kick off on April 5, 2013 here, and will run until April 17,” Colonel Arnulfo Marcelo Burgos Jr., military spokesman said in a statement.

The aim of the TTX is to determine specific Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief (HA/DR) operations in high-traffic international waters, and build response confidence among multi-national partners.

Armed forces personnel from both countries will conduct combined staff exercises and field training at Camp O’Donnell, Crow Valley, Subic Bay and Fort Magsaysay “to improve interoperability and contingency planning.”

The US and Philippine security forces will also undertake joint humanitarian assistance projects in communities throughout Zambales province, with preliminary work on community infrastructure projects that will begin mid-March.

Military medical personnel will also offer free medical, dental and veterinary care. In selected communities, military engineers will construct and repair schools and other infrastructure.

The Balikatan exercises, which will focus on humanitarian and disaster response, seeks to address disaster situations that occurred recently in the Philippines with the objectives of supporting the Government with the development of regional disaster management and emergency response mechanisms, Burgos said.

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  • Manuel_II

    Coverup training for the possibility of Korean War, we have to be ready as “Meat Shield” for the US.

    • fakereflection1


    • Euan Mac

      Wait. Fight Malaysians first then Korea. lol

      • Canoto

        yeah… malaysian first. :-)

    • Crazy_horse101010

      dont worry the war will be over before you get there so dont pack your bags yet

  • avmphil

    The Sulu Sultan had miscalculated his ‘Sabah venture’. Had he brought his “rights’ to time “Balikatan 2013” as dated for 5th April, Wow! We would give them sarong glad half-naked Malays, a splendid display of fireworks. Sending them in body bags courtesy of AFP, for all the killings they endured for the last 30 odd years, by Malaysia’s support to destabilize Mindanao. And in Sabah Mr. Joseph Pairin Kitangan would have been vindicated for all the treachery created and executed by former PM Mahathir Mohd a non-Malay leader of East Indian root.

  • ofwme2807

    get it on let the Balikatan 2013 be held near Sabah, Malaysia…let AFP bring war materials near the area within the range of Sabah, so they can be bombed by artillery…the US is very much watching and supporting the Philippines against the traitor Malaysia…get the bomb dropping in Sabah, Malaysia..

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