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BALIKATAN 2018  |  PH-US Joint Military Exercise

CAMP GEN EMILIO AGUINALDO, Quezon City (DWDD) – The Armed Forces of the Philippines and United States Armed Forces formally opened Exercise Balikatan at the Tejeros Hall, Camp General Emilio Aguinaldo, Quezon City, Manila, Philippines, May 7, 2018.

The ceremony represented the official commencement of Exercise Balikatan and the continued partnership between the United States and the Republic of the Philippines. Exercise Balikatan, in its 34th iteration, is an annual U.S.-Philippine military training focused on a variety of missions, including humanitarian assistance and disaster relief, counterterrorism, and other combined military operations held from May 7 to May 18.

 

 

 

 

Members of the Armed Forces of the Philippines and U.S. Marine Corps color guard parade the colors

 

 

 

 

Armed Forces of the Philippines Lt. Gen. Emmanuel B. Salamat, commander, Armed Forces of the Philippines Northern Luzon Command; Sung Y. Kim, U.S. Ambassador to the Philippines; Secretary Delfin N. Lorenzana, Philippine Secretary of National Defense; Armed Forces of the Philippines Lt. Gen. Carlito G. Galvez Jr., chief of staff, Armed Forces of the Philippines and U.S. Marine Corps Lt. Gen. Lawrence D. Nicholson, commanding general, III Marine Expeditionary Force raise their arms while standing shoulder-to-shoulder during the Exercise Balikatan opening ceremony

 

 

 

 

Philippine, U.S., Japanese, and Australian service members render honors during the presentation of colors

 

 

 

 

Armed Forces of the Philippines Lt. Gen. Carlito G. Galvez Jr., chief of staff, Armed Forces of the Philippines, delivers his remarks

 

 

 

 

U.S. Marine Corps Lt. Gen. Lawrence D. Nicholson, commanding general, III Marine Expeditionary Force delivers his remarks

 

 

 

 

Armed Forces of the Philippines Lt. Gen. Emmanuel B. Salamat, commander, Armed Forces of the Philippines Northern Luzon Command delivers his remarks

 

 

 

U.S. Ambassador to the Philippines, Sung Y. Kim delivers his remarks

 

 

 

 

Secretary Delfin N. Lorenzana, Philippine Secretary of National Defense delivers his remarks

 

 

 

 

Armed Forces of the Philippines Lt. Gen. Emmanuel B. Salamat, commander, Armed Forces of the Philippines Northern Luzon Command and U.S. Marine Corps Lt. Gen. Lawrence D. Nicholson, commanding general, III Marine Expeditionary Force answer questions from media at a press conference

U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Markus Castaneda / MCAG

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