2016 RP-US Balikatan joint military exercises held in the Philippines


RIZAL PROVINCE, April 8, 2016 (Xinhua) -- Soldiers from the U.S. Army National Guards rappel during the Urban Search and Rescue activity of the 2016 RP-US Balikatan joint military exercises in Camp Capinpin in Rizal Province, the Philippines, April 8, 2016. The activity aims to improve the disaster response capabilities between the U.S. Army and the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP). Balikatan 2016 focuses on scenario-based combined action planning in defense, disaster relief, civic assistance and tactical-level field training. About 3,700 Philippine soldiers and 5,000 U.S. military personnel are participating in the 11-day Balikatan, or shoulder-to-shoulder military exercises that started on Monday. (Xinhua/Rouelle Umali)

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