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U.S. says display of warship, jets in West PH Sea not for China

Apr 12, 2019 - 6:47 PM

'People can interpret the [warship's] presence as they wish, but the Wasp came here to be part of Balikatan,' says Lieutenant General Eric Smith, US Commanding General of the 3rd Marine Expeditionary Force

PARTNERSHIP. Philippine Balikatan Exercise Director Lt.Gen Gilbert Gapay and US Marine Commanding General Lt.Gen Eric Smith talk to reporters in a press conference. Photo by Sofia Tomacruz/Rappler

PH, U.S. forces play up friendship amid calls for defense treaty review

Apr 12, 2019 - 4:58 PM

'Balikatan is not just a fulfilment of our obligations under the Mutual Defense Treaty, but a commitment to solidify and strengthen the friendship of our nations,' says Defense Undersecretary Cardozo Luna

CLOSING CEREMONY. Balikatan 2019 closes with US Ambassador the Philippines Sung Kim and Philippine National Defense Undersecretary Cardozo Luna, and military officials from both countries. Photo by Naoki Mengua/Rappler

LOOK: World's most advanced stealth aircraft featured in Balikatan 2019

Apr 11, 2019 - 7:21 PM

The F-35B Lightning II Joint Strike Force appears for the first time in the Philippines, onboard the US Navy's USS Wasp during the Balikatan 2019 amphibious exercises in Zambales

ADVANCED AIRCRAFT. F-35B Lightining II jets make their debut in the Balikatan exercises during the amphibious exercise at Naval Education Training Command in Zambales on 11 April 2019. Photo by Lito Boras/Rappler

Balikatan 2019: PH, U.S. forces 'take over' beach in Zambales

Apr 11, 2019 - 5:34 PM

Philippine and US forces bring out battle-ready ships and vehicles as they complete an exercise to take control of a shorefront in the Naval Education Training Center in Zambales

COMBINED EXERCISES. Philippine and US armed forces conduct amphibious exercises in San Antonio, Zambales as part of Balikatan 2019. Photo by Sofia Tomacruz/Rappler

[ANALYSIS] Balikatan: U.S. shifts gears from counterterrorism to great power competition

Apr 08, 2019 - 2:00 PM

Balikatan may yet emerge as the template for multilateral exercises among US and its close allies in the entire Indo-Pacific region

DND, AFP renew call for defense treaty review in Balikatan 2019

Apr 01, 2019 - 3:11 PM

'Remember the treaty was made in 1951, and several things have already transpired,' says Armed Forces of the Philippines chief General Benjamin Madrigal Jr

CLARITY NEEDED. AFP Chief-of-Staff Benjamin Madrigal speaks at the Balikatan 2019 opening ceremony in Camp Aguinaldo on April 1. Photo by Rambo Talabong/Rappler

Balikatan vs China? Drills not aimed at any country, says U.S.

Apr 01, 2019 - 1:30 PM

US Balikatan Exercise Director Chris McPhillips says the purpose of the exercises is to develop cooperation among Filipino, American, and Australian soldiers

FOR THE SOLDIERS. Brigadier General Chris McPhillips speaks to reporters in Philippine military headquarters Camp Aguinaldo. Photo by Rambo Talabong/Rappler

PH, U.S. armed forces open Balikatan 2019

Apr 01, 2019 - 10:49 AM

Balikatan 2019 marks one of the biggest in the project's history, involving 4,000 Filipino, 3,500 American, and 50 Australian soldiers

OPENING. Balikatan 2019 opens with US Ambassador to the Philippines Sung Kim. Photo by Rambo Talabong/Rappler

U.S. deploys THAAD missile defense in Israel for exercise

Mar 04, 2019 - 11:56 PM

It is the first such exercise in Israel, although the two allies hold regular joint war games

PH officials studying military drills with China

May 04, 2017 - 2:00 PM

Philippine National Security Adviser Hermogenes Esperon Jr welcomes joint exercises with China in the Sulu Sea saying it can help deter threats like kidnapping

DRILLS WITH CHINA? President Rodrigo Duterte tours Chinese warship Chang Chun in Davao City. Presidential photo

Duterte open to PH-China military drills in Mindanao

May 01, 2017 - 5:45 PM

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte expresses openness to joint exercises with China as he visits 3 Chinese warships docked in Davao City

The President was given a tour inside the Chinese Vessel Chang Chun where he was able to see the armaments, the deck, the bridge navigation system as well as the operations room command and control system. The Chinese PLAN officers also presented tokens to the President during his tour. PRESIDENTIAL PHOTOS

Duterte open to joint maritime exercises with Japan

Oct 27, 2016 - 3:50 PM

The Philippine President says he is also open to joint patrols with Japan in Philippine territorial waters in the West Philippine Sea

DEALS WITH JAPAN. President Rodrigo Duterte and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe chat as they head to the Prime Minister's Official Residence following a bilateral meeting on October 26. Photo by ALBERT ALCAIN/Presidential Photo

US defense chief visits warship in South China Sea

Apr 15, 2016 - 10:36 AM

6th UPDATE American Rear Admiral Ron Boxall says one or two Chinese vessels followed the warship but there were no tensions

COURTESY CALL. President Benigno S. Aquino III welcomes US Defense Secretary Ashton Carter during the courtesy call at the President'€™s Hall Malacañang Palace, April 14, 2016. File photo by Joseph Vidal/Malacañang Photo Bureau

US 'working closely' with PH probers on Filipino soldier's death

Apr 08, 2016 - 1:55 PM

The US embassy conveys its condolences to the family of the Filipino airman who died in a tragic accident during the annual PH US joint military exercises

JOINT EXERCISES. Flag bearers from the Philippine and the US await the entrance of colors at the opening ceremonies the annual RP-US Balikatan in Camp Aguinaldo in Quezon City on April 4, 2016. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

N. Korea threatens imminent strikes against South, warns US

Aug 15, 2015 - 9:29 AM

The warnings come amid escalating military tensions on the Korean peninsula following a landmine attack South Korea blamed on the North

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Jun 26, 2015 - 12:15 PM

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N. Korea makes conditional offer for dialogue with South

Jun 15, 2015 - 3:47 PM

Cross border tensions remain high this year due to a series of North Korean ballistic missile tests as well as nuclear threats

US defense chief: Expanded Balikatan deepens PH-US ties

Apr 09, 2015 - 12:30 PM

In Japan for his fist visit to Asia as Pentagon chief Defense Secretary Ash Carter highlights his government s strong stand against the militarization of territorial disputes

JAPAN VISIT: Defense Secretary Ash Carter gives a challenge coin to Japanese Defense Minister Gen Nakatani after a dinner hosted by Nakatani at the Park Hyatt Hotel in Tokyo, April 8, 2015. Pentagon photo

North Korea turns to UN over US-SKorea war games

Aug 02, 2014 - 11:26 AM

The annual Ulchi Freedom Guardian exercise aimed at testing combat readiness for a North Korean invasion is scheduled to begin August 18

N. Korea warns of counter-attack on US warship

Oct 11, 2013 - 2:03 PM

North Korea slammed a 3 nation naval drill involving US South Korean and Japanese warships

BURY IN THE SEA.North Korea threatens a counterattack against 3-nation joint military exercises off Korea's southern coast.  AFP / Pool / Shigeki Miyajima

Missile test in Mediterranean not linked to Syria: US

Sep 03, 2013 - 11:06 PM

US says the joint military exercise had been previously scheduled and was designed to assess Israel s missile defenses

A missile is positioned in the Mediterranean coastal city of Haifa, north of Israel. Photo from AFP

SKorea, US air forces launch major drill

May 07, 2012 - 12:09 PM

South Korea and the US launch a major joint air exercise involving 60 planes