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PH, U.S. forces kick off ‘more advanced’ KAMANDAG war games

Oct 09, 2019 - 3:05 PM

The joint military exercises will feature the Philippines' brand new amphibious assault vehicles in an international drill for the first time

Military drill showcases PH’s first amphibious assault vehicles

Sep 21, 2019 - 7:18 PM

The capability to launch an attack from the sea straight into land is basic and essential for militaries of coastal states, and the Philippines is now catching up with the acquisition of brand new amphibious assault vehicles

AMPHIBIOUS ASSAULT. The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) debuted 4 of its 8 brand new amphibious assault vehicles (AAV) during its DAGIT-PA joint drills in Subic Bay, Olongapo City, on September 21. Photo by Rox Cezar, AFP Public Affairs Office

U.S.-South Korea military exercises still on despite North's warnings

Aug 01, 2019 - 7:29 AM

Despite North Korea saying its missile launches are a 'solemn warning to the South Korean warmongers', a Pentagon official says there is 'no adjustment or change in plans'

A South Korean K2 tank fires during a live fire demonstration for a media preview of the Defense Expo Korea 2018 at Seungjin Fire Training Field in Pocheon, 65 kms northeast of Seoul, on September 11, 2018. The defence exhibition specialising in land forces equipment will run from September 12 to 16 with 250 companies from 30 countries involved. Jung Yeon-je / AFP

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

North Korea slams new joint drills between Seoul and Washington

Mar 07, 2019 - 10:51 PM

The US and South Korea agree to replace two major war games that take place every spring with a shorter 'Dong Maeng' or 'Alliance' exercise – a move designed to further ease tensions with the North

ALLIES. In this file photo, US President Donald Trump (L) shakes hands with South Korean President Moon Jae-In (R) during a joint press conference at the presidential Blue House in Seoul on November 7, 2017. File photo by Jung Yeon-Je/Pool/AFP

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

U.S., South Korea scale back military exercise

Nov 22, 2018 - 1:01 PM

US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis says Foal Eagle, the biggest of the regular joint exercises held by the allies, 'is being reorganized a bit to keep it at a level that will not be harmful to diplomacy'

FOAL EAGLE. This image obtained from the US Navy shows the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (L) and the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Wayne E. Meyer during a surface maneuvers exercise on March 22, 2017, east of the Korean peninsula, with several other US and Republic of Korea Navy ships and submarines during exercise Foal Eagle 2017. US Navy / Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Ryan Harper / AFP

U.S., South Korea suspend additional military exercise

Oct 20, 2018 - 12:15 AM

The defense officials of the US and South Korea agree to suspend the drill to 'give the diplomatic process' with Pyongyang 'every opportunity to continue'

BLAST. A South Korean K2 tank fires during a live fire demonstration for a media preview of the Defense Expo Korea 2018 at Seungjin Fire Training Field in Pocheon, 65 kms northeast of Seoul, on September 11, 2018. Photo by Jung Yeon-je/AFP

Japan military officer killed during U.S.-Philippine drill

Oct 07, 2018 - 5:23 PM

Suguru Maehara, 38, was killed in a car crash while delivering food supplies to members participating in the drill

CAR CRASH CASUALTY. The exercises marked the first time Japanese armoured military vehicles were used on foreign soil since 1945. Graphic by Ken Bautista/Rappler

Russia launches biggest ever war games

Sep 11, 2018 - 12:30 PM

(UPDATED) The week-long deployment dubbed 'Vostok-2018' is condemned by NATO as a rehearsal for 'large-scale conflict'

PNP urges U.S. to include Filipino cops in Balikatan exercises

May 23, 2018 - 2:40 PM

The proposal is in line with the Philippine National Police's modernization, which the government sees for the most part as militarization

BALIKATAN 2018. Philippine and US navies hold an amphibious landing exercise in San Antonio, Zambales at a base facing South China Sea. Photo by Adrian Portugal/Rappler

PH-U.S. relations shine as China concerns sidelined in Balikatan 2018

May 18, 2018 - 11:19 AM

(UPDATED) The Philippines and the United States want to focus on their preparation for threats beyond China in Balikatan 2018

Philippines and US soldiers closed the Balikatan Flag to formaly closed the Armed Forces of the Philippines-United States Armed Forces Exercise Balikatan 34-2018 Closing Ceremony at Camp Aguinaldo on May 18, 2018. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Balikatan 2018: PH, U.S. hold drill amid China militarization of South China Sea

May 09, 2018 - 12:51 PM

The amphibious landing exercise is held in a naval base in San Antonio, Zambales, which faces the South China Sea and is over 200 kilometers from Scarborough Shoal

BALIKATAN 2018. Philippine and US navies hold an amphibious landing exercise in San Antonio, Zambales at a base facing South China Sea. Photo by Adrian Portugal/Rappler

U.S. forces arrive in PH for Balikatan military exercises

Apr 19, 2018 - 5:50 PM

The annual activity, to be held for the 34th time, is meant to enhance cooperation between the US and Philippine militaries

DISASTER RESPONSE. This file photo from the 2017 Balikatan exercises shows new focus on humanitarian assistance and disaster response. File photo

South Korea seeks U.S. military drill delay for Olympics

Dec 20, 2017 - 4:34 PM

South Korean President Moon Jae-In's comments are the first confirmation that Seoul is seeking to postpone the annual Key Resolve and Foal Eagle drills, which usually start in late February or early March and run until the end of April

JOINT. South Korea and US soldiers watch from an observation post during a joint live firing drill between South Korea and the US at the Seungjin Fire Training Field. Photo by Jung Yeon-Je/AFP

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Philippines, U.S. 'level up' military exercises for 2018

Oct 05, 2017 - 4:30 PM

The US is also expected to begin the construction of facilities inside select Philippine military camps next year

BALIKATAN. American troops who are part of the Balikatan exercises arrive in Aurora, Philippines in May 2017. File photo by Jeff Digma/Rappler

NATO chief sees no 'imminent threat' in Russia war games

Sep 06, 2017 - 11:49 PM

We will monitor the Zapad activity closely and we are vigilant but also calm because we don t see any imminent threat against any NATO ally NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg says

JENS STOLTENBERG. NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg (L) and Polish Prime Minister Beata Szydlo pose for photographer prior to a meeting in Warsaw, Poland on August 25, 2017. Photo by Janek Skazynski/AFP

North Korea slams upcoming joint U.S.-South Korea military exercises

Aug 20, 2017 - 6:08 PM

Pyongyang calls the upcoming joint exercises the most explicit expression of hostility against North Korea

Russia, China urge freeze on North Korea missile tests and U.S. exercises

Jul 04, 2017 - 11:54 PM

The joint statement issued after a meeting between leaders Vladimir Putin and Xi Jinping in Moscow follow an announcement by North Korea that it had test fired its first intercontinental ballistic missile

Balikatan brings school buildings, hope to remote Leyte villages

May 09, 2017 - 3:13 PM

Barangays Margen and Don Carlos Revilla in Ormoc City are the latest recipients of new classrooms built under this year s PH US military exercises

NEW CLASSROOMS. US soldiers build classrooms in a remote village in Ormoc City, Leyte, as part of the 2017 Balikatan Humanitarian Program. Photo by Jazmin Bonifacio

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

LOOK: PH, US soldiers build classrooms in Guiuan

May 02, 2017 - 1:28 PM

The school building which doubles as an evacuation center is among the community infrastructure projects being undertaken by Philippine and US soldiers in line with the 33rd Balikatan

Photo by Jazmin Bonifacio

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

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Indonesia suspends military cooperation with Australia

Jan 04, 2017 - 2:28 PM

Military cooperation with Australian forces has been suspended temporarily due to technical matters an official says

PH, US line up hundreds of joint military activities for 2017

Nov 23, 2016 - 7:33 PM

The huge number of exercises revealed for the first time showcases the degree of cooperation between the two longtime treaty allies

NO MORE LANDING EXERCISES. File photo of US soldiers and their Filipino counterparts joining forces in an Amphibous Landing operation as part of the annual Balikatan Exercises at the Naval Education and Training Command (NETC) of the Philippine Navy in San Antonio, Zambales province. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Makabayan bloc to Duterte: End EDCA, military drills with US

Nov 10, 2016 - 7:16 PM

Ang hamon sa kanya is really walk the talk says Kabataan Representative Sarah Elago on President Rodrigo Duterte s pursuit of an independent foreign policy

WAR GAMES. US soldiers and their Filipino counterparts join force in an Amphibous Landing operation as part of the annual Balikatan Exercises at the Naval Education and Training Command (NETC) of the Philippine Navy in San Antonio, Zambales province on April 21. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

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 'committed' as Duterte eyes ending military drills

Sep 29, 2016 - 3:00 PM

The US says there has been no official rendering of President Rodrigo Duterte s decision to end military exercises between the Philippines and the US

JOINT EXERCISES. US (L) and Philippine (R) navy personnel launch an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) from a speedboat off the naval base in Sangley Point, Cavite City, west of Manila on June 28, 2013, as part of the Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training (CARAT) exercises. Photo by Ted Aljibe/AFP

Yasay denies Duterte wants 'last military exercise' with US

Sep 29, 2016 - 12:14 AM

After media insist on what they heard Duterte say Yasay modifies his response and says he did not hear that particular statement from the President

File photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Duterte: Next PH-US military exercises will be last in my term

Sep 28, 2016 - 10:56 PM

You US are scheduled to hold war games again which China does not want I will serve notice to you now this will be the last military exercise says President Rodrigo Duterte in Hanoi

BALIKATAN EXERCISES. Flag bearers from the Philippine and the US await the entrance of colours during the opening ceremonies for the annual RP-US Balikatan at the AFP-COC inside Camp Aguinaldo in Quezon City on April 4, 2016. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

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

Filipino soldier dies in joint PH-US exercises

Apr 07, 2016 - 7:58 PM

The airman accidentally falls into the seashore near the Subic airport during a parachute exercise

N. Korea warns of preemptive strikes against US, S. Korea

Feb 23, 2016 - 9:43 PM

If there is even a slight sign of special forces moving to carry out an attack against the North the North Korean military says strategic and tactical preemptive attacks will be launched

S. Korean gets 12 years for knife attack on US ambassador

Sep 11, 2015 - 10:37 AM

2nd UPDATE In passing judgement the Seoul Central District Court notes Kim had shown no repentance attempting to justify his actions throughout the trial

12 YEARS. Kim Ki-jong is convicted of attempted murder and sentenced to 12 years for a shocking knife attack on US Ambassador Mark Lippert. File photo by EPA

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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US, Japan exercises and China's anxiety

Jun 24, 2015 - 5:00 PM

The South China Sea has become the arena for power projection for the United States as a Pacific power and Japan as an Asian power and China as a rising global power in transition

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

Philippines, Japan hold historic naval drills in flashpoint waters

May 12, 2015 - 3:55 PM

The day long war games the first bilateral naval exercises between the former World War II enemies takes place less than 300 km 186 miles from a Philippine claimed shoal now under Chinese control

JOINT EXERCISES. Philippine coastguard personnel board a ship during a simulation of a sea jacking scenario as part of the combined Philippine-Japan maritime exercise off Manila bay, in the mouth of South China sea on May 6, 2015. File photo by Ted Aljibe/AFP