U.S., Philippine, Japanese Forces Prepare to Kick Off KAMANDAG 3

Manila, October 7, 2019 — U.S., Philippine and Japanese service members will begin the third annual KAMANDAG exercise on October 9, 2019, to promote multinational military interoperability, readiness, and capabilities. The exercise is scheduled for October 9-18, 2019 at various training sites throughout Luzon and Palawan. During KAMANDAG 3, U.S. and Philippine forces will conduct ...
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Marine Aviation Support Activity 19.2

Manila, July 15, 2019 — Marine Aviation Support Activity (MASA) 19.2, a semiannual U.S.-Philippine military exercise focused on mutual defense, counterterrorism, and humanitarian assistance and disaster relief, will take place in the Philippines from July 15 to 25, 2019. U.S. Marines and aircraft from Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 262 and 3rd Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment, ...
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U.S. and Philippine Armies Launch Exercise Salaknib 19

Manila, February 27, 2019 — The Armed Forces of the Philippines and U.S. Army Pacific will participate in Exercise Salaknib 2019, which will be conducted in and around Fort Magsaysay, Palayan, and Nueva Ecija, Philippines from March 4 to 24, 2019.  The U.S. Army 7th Infantry Division Commander Maj. Gen. Willard M. Burleson III and ...
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U.S. Marines and Armed Forces of the Philippines Launch Exercise KAMANDAG 2

Brigadier General Chris McPhillips, Commanding General of the 3d Marine Expeditionary Brigade, Major General Nathaniel Casem, Inspector General of the Philippine Navy, and Brigadier General Melquiades Ordiales, Deputy Commandant of the Philippine Marine Corps, open exercise KAMANDAG 2 during a ceremony at Subic Bay International Airport. Subic Bay, October 1, 2018 — The 3d Marine ...
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Annual Mutual Defense Board and Security Engagement Board Reinforces U.S.-Philippine Alliance

Adm. Philip Davidson, Commander of the U.S. Indo-Pacific Command, and Gen. Carlito Galvez, Chief of Staff of the Armed Forces of the Philippines, sign agreements on security cooperation activities for 2019 at this year’s Mutual Defense Board and Security Engagement Board Meeting at Tejeros Hall, AFP Commissioned Officers Club, Camp Aguinaldo, Quezon City.  (Photo by ...
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U.S. Government Provides New SABIR System to Enhance Philippine Air Force Capabilities

U.S. Ambassador to the Philippines Sung Y. Kim and Philippine Secretary of National Defense Delfin N. Lorenzana join representatives of the Philippine Air Force and Joint U.S. Military Assistance Group with the newly-transferred Special Airborne Mission Installation and Response (SABIR) system. Manila, August 14, 2018 — U.S. Ambassador to the Philippines Sung Y. Kim turned ...
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U.S. Military Turns Over New Scan Eagle Unmanned Aerial System to Secretary of National Defense and Philippine Air Force

Manila, March 13, 2018 — U.S. Ambassador to the Philippines Sung Y. Kim turned over a Scan Eagle Unmanned Aerial System (UAS) to Secretary of National Defense Delfin N. Lorenzana during a transfer ceremony at Villamor Air Base, Pasay City, on March 13. Ambassador Kim and officials from the Joint U.S. Military Assistance Group delivered ...
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U.S. Marines and Armed Forces Philippines Launch Inaugural KAMANDAG

Manila, October 2, 2017 — U.S. Marines and Sailors with the 3d Marine Expeditionary Brigade, together with their Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) counterparts, launch the inaugural exercise KAMANDAG today at multiple locations on the island of Luzon, Philippines. KAMANDAG, which will run until October 11, is an acronym for the Filipino phrase “Kaagapay ...
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Balikatan 33 Strengthens U.S.-Philippine Defense Partnership through Counterterrorism and HADR Training

Manila, May 19, 2017 — After 12 training days in the Philippine summer heat, thousands of service members from the Armed Forces of the Philippines and U.S. military finished this year’s rigorous Balikatan training exercise and now stand more prepared to respond to terror threats and natural disasters in the region. Philippine and U.S. forces ...
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U.S. and Philippines Shoulder-to-Shoulder during Balikatan 33 Opening

From left: Lieutenant General Oscar T. Lactao, U.S. Ambassador Sung Y. Kim, Secretary of National Defense Delfin N. Lorenzana, Department of Foreign Affairs Undersecretary Ariel Y. Abadilla, General Eduardo M. Año, and Lieutenant General Lawrence Nicholson pose shoulder-to-shoulder at the opening ceremony for Balikatan 33 at Camp Aguinaldo Manila, May 9, 2017 — U.S. Ambassador Sung ...
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Balikatan 33

Manila, April 24, 2017 — The Government of the Philippines has invited U.S. forces to train alongside the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) in the 33rd iteration of Balikatan, May 8 to 19, at multiple locations in Luzon and the Visayas region. Philippine and U.S. forces will kick off Exercise Balikatan 33-2017 through community ...
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U.S. Air Contingent Completes Bilateral Mission at Clark Air Base

Clark Air Base, January 26, 2017 — Over the last two weeks, U.S. and Philippine service members trained side by side in a series of Subject Matter Expert Exchanges as part of the most recent U.S. Air Contingent, at the invitation of the Government of the Philippines and at the direction of U.S. Pacific Command. ...
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