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US, Philippines hold joint naval drill

10-16-2012 19:08 BJT

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Around 600 Philippine and US troops are holding mock firing attacks in the final exercise of their 2-week joint drills. The troops fired mortars and practiced flying Sea Knight helicopters. The aircraft are normally deployed for combat support, transport of troops, and search-and-rescue operations.

The bilateral drill takes place annually under a mutual defense agreement. The exercise is said to ensure regional security and improving the two countries’ humanitarian assistance and disaster response and relief operations. Although the exercises come amid the Philippines’ ongoing tension with China, both countries say the war games are not directed to any other country.

Participating soldiers fire a mortar during the Philippines-U.S. joint live fire
exercises of the annual Amphibious Landing Exercise 2013 (PHIBLEX) at Crow Valley
in Tarlac, the Philippines, Oct. 16, 2012. This year's exercise focus on improving
interoperability for humanitarian assistance and disaster response missions.
(Xinhua/Rouelle Umali)

A U.S. marine runs past the Philippine soldiers during the Philippines-U.S. joint live
fire exercises of the annual Amphibious Landing Exercise 2013 (PHIBLEX) at Crow Valley
in Tarlac, the Philippines, Oct. 16, 2012. This year's exercise focus on improving
interoperability for humanitarian assistance and disaster response missions.
(Xinhua/Rouelle Umali)

Soldiers move out from a Chinook helicopter during the Philippines-U.S. joint live
fire exercises of the annual Amphibious Landing Exercise 2013 (PHIBLEX) at Crow Valley
in Tarlac, the Philippines, Oct. 16, 2012. This year's exercise focus on improving
interoperability for humanitarian assistance and disaster response missions.
(Xinhua/Rouelle Umali)

Philippine soldiers participate in the Philippines-U.S. joint live fire exercises of
the annual Amphibious Landing Exercise 2013 (PHIBLEX) at Crow Valley in Tarlac, the
Philippines, Oct. 16, 2012. This year's exercise focus on improving interoperability
for humanitarian assistance and disaster response missions. (Xinhua/Rouelle Umali)

Editor:Wang Chuhan |Source: CCTV.com

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