- Title: U.S. and Philippine troops in joint military amphibious exercises
- Date: 7th October 2016
- Summary: ZAMBALES PROVINCE, PHILIPPINES (OCTOBER 7, 2016) (REUTERS) U.S. NAVY WARSHIP AT SEA AMPHIBIOUS ASSAULT VEHICLES (AAV) MOVING AT SEA AAV MOVING IN WAVES NEAR BEACH AAVS APPROACHING BEACH VARIOUS OF AAV LANDING ON BEACH / DRIVING UP BEACH AMERICAN AND FILIPINO SOLDIERS RUNNING ON BEACH AMERICAN SOLDIER IN FOREGROUND LEFT / AAVS LINED UP ALONG BEACH INTO DISTANCE AAV FIRING BLANK SHELLS (AUDIO - TWO LOUD BANGS) (SOUNDBITE) (English) PHILIPPINE MARINES PUBLIC AFFAIRS DIRECTOR, RYAN LACUESTA, SAYING: "It gives us the opportunity to increase our level of capabilities and capacity. Capabilities ranging from command and control, mobility, logistics manoeuvre, disaster response operations. And doing this jointly, we'll be able to respond to any scenario in the future." AAV PARKED ON BEACH AMERICAN SOLDIER ON TOP OF AAV (AUDIO - SOLDIER SPEAKING) VARIOUS OF AAV MOVING ON BEACH (SOUNDBITE) (English) PHILIPPINE MARINES PUBLIC AFFAIRS DIRECTOR, RYAN LACUESTA, SAYING: "As you observed, this is a joint exercise so we develop exchanges from each other, from the U.S. embassy and the Philippine Marine Corps." VARIOUS OF AAV MOVING ON DIRT ROAD SOLDIERS ON TOP OF MOVING AAV SOLDIERS AND MEDIA WATCHING AAV MOVING ON DIRT ROAD WHEELS OF AAV CHURNING UP DIRT AS IT DRIVES ALONG DIRT ROAD SOLDIER GIVING INSTRUCTIONS ON TOP OF MOVING AAV AAV MOVING ON ROAD
- Embargoed: 22nd October 2016 16:51
- Keywords: amphibious landing United States Philipppines marines joint military exercise Rodrigo Duterte
- Location: ZAMBALES PROVINCE, PHILIPPINES
- City: ZAMBALES PROVINCE, PHILIPPINES
- Country: Philippines
- Topics: Conflicts/War/Peace,International/National Security
- Reuters ID: LVA00153090SN
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: United States and Philippine troops held amphibious assault joint exercises on Friday (October 7) aimed at enhancing military cooperation.
The drills took place in Zambales province, about 167 kilometres (103 miles) north of the capital, Manila, and involved landings with amphibious assault vehicles.
A Philippine marine corps officer said the annual drills gave troops from both countries the chance to improve their coordination and training with communication equipment.
"It gives us the opportunity to increase our level of capabilities and capacity. Capabilities ranging from command and control, mobility, logistics manoeuvre, disaster response operations. And doing this jointly, we'll be able to respond to any scenario in the future," said captain Ryan Lacuesta, the Philippine Marines Public Affairs director.
The joint military exercises happened despite the ongoing criticism of the U.S. by the Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte.
On Monday (October 3), Duterte said U.S. President Barack Obama should "go to hell", the latest rebuke stemming from U.S. concern about Duterte's deadly war on drugs.
And on Thursday (October 6), Duterte said the United States and European Union should withdraw their assistance to the Philippines if they were unhappy with his crackdown.
The so-called war on drugs has led to more than 3,400 people being killed in just over three months.
Philippine police said on Monday they had shot dead 1,375 people in operations since President Duterte took office on July 1.
They also report a further 2,066 "deaths under investigation", many of which human rights activists attribute to vigilante killings.
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