ADF completes successful exercise with Philippines, US
7 May 2015
Defence personnel from the Republic of the Philippines, United States and Australia have completed a highly successful multi-lateral military training exercise on the Philippines islands of Luzon and Palawan.
Called Exercise BALIKATAN, which in Filipino means "shoulder-to-shoulder", the Australian Defence Force (ADF) played a supporting role from 6-30 April 2015 participating in activities to enhance partner capacity and co-operation between the Philippines, United States and Australia.
Commander of the Australian contingent, Commander Mark Jarrett, said the exercise was successful in refining the abilities of three nations to work together on regional security and humanitarian civil aid projects.
"The ADF contributed approximately 70 personnel and one Royal Australian Air Force AP-3C Orion patrol aircraft to fill a range of headquarters, command post exercise, field training and civil aid activities," he said.
"We provided support that included mentoring and training to Armed Forces of the Philippines counterparts and local communities, as well as two medical officers for lectures during a health symposium and exchanges at local hospitals.
"Australian Army engineers also worked alongside US Seabees in the construction of a multi-purpose room for a school in the Palawan region.
"Our 2 Commando Regiment Personnel conducted combined field training and RAAF personnel flew out of Clark Airfield to improve tactical interoperability in the aviation environment.
"Overall we were able to cooperate across a range of capabilities and improved our interoperability for the future."