US, PH navies start joint exercises

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The navies of the Philippines and United States, with the Japanese Navy as observer, commenced yesterday their joint naval exercises with a ceremony aboard a warship docked at Poro Point in La Union.

Lt. Gen. Emmanuel Salamat, Armed Forces of the Philippines-Northern Luzon Command Commander welcomed US Navy officers Commander Commodore Nichols Driz and Rear Admiral Murray Joe Tynch III. Also present was Japanese Navy Capt. Masahiro Goto.

“This training provides us with an exceptional opportunity for both Philippine and US Navies to engage in a broader range of maritime operations and unique scenarios in our maritime areas,” Salamat said.

Dubbed as Maritime Training Activity (MTA) “Sama-Sama,” the exercise will last until July 16, involving sailors and marines of the Philippine Navy, the US Navy’s 7th Fleet and Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force.

The training will be conducted within the area of the Northern Luzon Command (NOLCOM) in La Union, Zambales and Cavite.