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US ship to arrive in Manila for ‘Balikatan’ exercises


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MANILA, Philippines — An amphibious dock landing ship of the United States 7th Fleet will arrive in Manila on Tuesday to participate in the US-RP Balikatan exercises, the US Embassy said.

USS Tortuga’s first port call will be in Manila, followed by a brief stop in Subic in Zambales.

During the Balikatan, which takes place in Luzon from April 5 to 17, the Tortuga will support Philippine and US troops’ joint training for humanitarian assistance and disaster response scenarios.

Some 8,000 Philippine and US troops will participate in this year’s Balikatan.

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,” as well as undertake joint humanitarian assistance projects.

The Tortuga is part of the Bonhomme Richard Amphibious Ready Group (ARG) and is currently on deployment in the US 7th Fleet area of responsibility.

The Bonhomme Richard ARG reports to the commander, Amphibious Force 7th Fleet, Rear Admiral Jeffrey A. Harley, which has its headquarters in White Beach, Okinawa, Japan. Frances Mangosing


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Tags: Balikatan , Defense , Diplomacy , Foreign Affairs and International relations , Military , US Tortuga

  • BIGButo

    They need to go to Korea instead of Manila that is where the problem is at

    • CmdrAdobo

      no need. South Korea can beat North any day. SK military program is very good. Very good equipment and civilians can be military anytime.

      • Albert Einstien

        same with north they only need ONE person to push the nuclear button…..they should not make him angry ..any second in 24 hours of any day…he might get bored or agitated …

      • CmdrAdobo

        they just tested and failed. it’s not a nuke country. while SK is using most US made equipments.

        Ill tell u SK can beat North one on one.

      • BIGButo

        If his little 28 year old punk a s s gets angry he will get his a s s kicked that’s for sure

    • Cano Manuel

      This is a back up strategy in case war breaks out and things turn out bad near the Korean pen.

  • pfc_kulapu

    attention Renata “bading” Reyes …Tayo na sister rally na tayo…

  • INQ_reader

    Baka maligaw na naman ito. Paki-update ng mapa.

  • Patikotiko

    It’s bad to put all your eggs in one basket okay?

  • Noel

    Why not hold it in Tawi-Tawi, Sulu ?

    • dodong1

      and then what??

  • Albert Einstien

    america pwede ba HUMIRAM ng kahit dalawang F-22 raptors lng ang SULU army …i-CLAIM lang nila ang SABAH…..para patas me JET FIGHTERS at NAPALM BOMBS ang malaysia yun sulu army ITAK lang e….pero takot na takot ang malaysia sa kanila…lol

    pwede ba POSTPONE nyo muna yan BALIKATAN NEXT YEAR pag di natuloy banta ng NK……NATIONAL SECURITY THREAT yan sa ngayon..NUCLEAR MAGNET yan ..nag DECLARE na nga WAR status ang NK…at babanatan mga US..targets e di madaDAMAY ang RP….UNA pa tayong madadale ng NUCLEAR kesa AMERICA. GUAM at HAWAII..pag nagkataon…mas malapit tayo sa NK….samantalang yung SABAH issue lang INILAGLAG tayo ng US ..dahil ayaw nila mapagalitan ng UK boss nila….

    • yourmama

      Yet to hear usa support for the sulu.

  • Uragon Draggon

    tiba tiba nnmn ung mga baboy..bagong mansyon nanaman, lupa

  • koolkid_inthehouse

    Let’s welcome the US forces.

  • joboni96

    imperyalista na
    switik din u.s.

    exercise cover lang yan
    para maka deploy sa bansa natin

    up na rin submarine base ng imperyalista
    sa subic

    private company mercenaries
    naman ang cover doon



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