US troops arriving for exercise in northern Philippines

MANILA, Oct. 28 (Xinhuanet) -- Around 400 US marines are expected to arrive Thursday at the former US naval base in Subic in the northern Philippines to participate in an annual military exercisewith their Filipino counterpart, military officials said Tuesday.

The 15-day exercise, is designed to improve and maintain interoperability, combat readiness and professional relationships between the US and Philippine Armed Forces, said Captain Burrel Parmer, US public affairs officer for the exercise.

The initial 400 are part of the 900 US soldiers who will participate in the annual exercise which will formally start on Nov. 3 at the Clark Airfield in Pampanga also in the north. At least 800 Filipino soldiers would be joining the exercise, dubbed "Talon Vision," a report reaching the military headquarters in Manila said.

The American soldiers, composed of members of the US marine corps based in Okinawa, Japan, will be coming aboard high-speed vessel West Pac Express, it added.

Officials said the ship will also be carrying a number of military hardware like helicopters and highly Mobile Wheeled Vehicles which would be used in the bilateral training. Enditem


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