PH, US troops test combat readiness to maritime threats

Zambales, Philippines (Reuters) – Philippine and US troops engaged in maritime surveillance exercises at a military camp in Zambales province on Friday (May 9) as part of a two-week joint exercise aimed at improving security ties between nations.

The joint exercises “Balikatan” (shoulder-to-shoulder) tests the combat readiness of the two allies in responding to maritime threats, including piracy and humanitarian assistance and disaster response.

About 120 troops from the Philippines and the US Marine Corps boarded rubber boats from a Philippine Navy ship and simulated amphibious operations from the coastline, practicing stealth landing and troop deployment at a nearby beach.

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