• 11 Apr 2023

On 11th April, 2023, Philippines and the United States began their largest-ever joint military drills, named 'Balikatan' which means 'shoulder-to-shoulder'.

  • The expanded annual exercises underscore improved defence ties between the two countries.
  • For the first time, the Philippines and the United States will hold live-fire drills at sea.
  • The drills will also include training in amphibious operations, aviation operations, cyber defence, urban operations, counter-terrorism and humanitarian and disaster relief.