Author Topic: BALIKATAN, etc. (AFP Multilateral Exercises with allies etc.)  (Read 134 times)

MCentaur

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Perhaps this thread will host all current discussions or news on BALIKATAN, TALON VISION, COBRA GOLD, RIMPAC and other US-led or other multilateral exercises that involve the Philippines.

This year's BALIKATAN exercises, which began yesterday, include the USS Wasp LHD, her complement of F-35Bs, and her Marines.

ABS-CBN

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Philippines, US kick off annual military exercise
    ABS-CBN News
    Posted at Apr 01 2019 10:43 PM
    The Philippines and the United States began Monday a large-scale annual military exercise, which includes naval drills off the coast of Luzon island facing the disputed South China Sea.
    Close to 8,000 troops will participate in the 12-day exercise, dubbed "Balikatan" (shoulder-to-shoulder), with troops from Australia joining the drills, as well as observers from seven other countries.
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Philippine Star

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Balikatan features new fighter jets
    Jaime Laude (The Philippine Star) - March 30, 2019 - 12:00am
    MANILA, Philippines — This year’s joint Philippines-United States Balikatan military exercises will see, for the first time, the deployment of the US Marine Corps’ new F35B fighter jets to the war games.
    Slated for official opening Monday at Camp Aguinaldo, the joint military drill is part of an arrangement stipulated in the Phl-US Mutual Defense Treaty (MDT).
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Re: BALIKATAN, etc. (AFP Multilateral Exercises with allies etc.)
« Reply #1 on: April 02, 2019, 08:45:33 PM »
The videos for this year's Balikatan Exercises.

https://youtu.be/z2JsvtRdHdM

https://youtu.be/5b4mDZOkEN0
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Re: BALIKATAN, etc. (AFP Multilateral Exercises with allies etc.)
« Reply #2 on: April 05, 2019, 11:50:33 PM »
USS Wasp's ongoing part of Balikatan:

Military.com

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Navy Amphib Sails Through South China Sea with a Bunch of F-35s Aboard
Military.com | By Gina Harkins
The Navy and Marine Corps appear to be testing a concept that would turn an amphibious assault ship into a mini-aircraft carrier -- and they did so while sailing through the contentious South China Sea.
The amphibious assault ship Wasp made its way to the Philippines last weekend with at least 10 F-35B Joint Strike Fighter jets aboard. That's nearly twice as many F-35s than typically deploy with amphibs.
Navy photos show that four MV-22B Osprey tiltrotor aircraft were also on the Wasp. The National Interest was the first to report on the ship's larger-than-normal F-35 detachment.

"In sailing with nearly twice as many vertical-landing fighters than is normal for an assault ship, Wasp is helping to prove a concept the Marine Corps seriously has been mulling over for years now -- transforming amphibious ships into light aircraft carriers," the magazine reported. "It's an idea that's gaining credibility as the Navy considers cutting the number of large carriers in the fleet."

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Re: BALIKATAN, etc. (AFP Multilateral Exercises with allies etc.)
« Reply #3 on: April 06, 2019, 05:50:12 PM »
USS Wasp Participating in Balikatan Exercises 2019.

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