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Philippines: Phil. Army, US Army Pacific start Salaknib exercise

The Philippine Army (PA) and the United States Army Pacific (USARPAC) commenced this year’s Exercise Salaknib in an opening ceremony graced by Army chief Lt. Gen. Romeo Brawner, Jr., and US Army I Corps Commanding General Lt. Gen. Xavier Brunson in Fort Magsaysay Monday.
Salaknib, which will conclude on April 4, is an Army-to-Army training between the PA and USARPAC.
It will include around 3,000 troops from USAPARPAC’s 25th Infantry Division and PA’s 5th Infantry Division, 7th Infantry Division and 1st Brigade Combat Team training side-by-side in a spectrum of military operations.
Brawner, in his keynote speech, emphasized the value of bilateral training activities such as Salaknib in bolstering the Army’s thrust to shift from internal security to territorial defense.
“Indeed, there is much more we can learn from each other, and much more that we can do together, in the interest of Indo-Pacific security and wider security regional connectivity,” Brawner remarked.
The training audience will conduct bilateral exercises in Fort Magsaysay, Nueva Ecija and other venues in Central Luzon and Northern Luzon.
Salaknib’s first phase will precede Exercise Balikatan slated on April 2023 while its second phase is scheduled for the third quarter of 2023. Army Public Affairs

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