Palace announces joint naval and coast guard exercises of US-PHL troops on July 2-10

June 29, 2012 10:42 pm 

MANILA, June 29 — The Philippines and the United States will hold joint naval exercises from July 2 to 10, 2012 in Mindanao to improve the defense capabilities of the two countries, a Malacanang official said on Friday.

During the regular press briefing at the Palace on Friday, Deputy Presidential Spokesperson Abigail Valte said U.S. Naval and Coast Guard troops started arriving in the country for the bilateral naval exercises billed as “Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training (CARAT) 2012.”

"This bilateral naval exercise is part of the Mutual Defense Board exercises. It will take place from July 2 to July 10 somewhere in Eastern Mindanao. On the part of the Philippine Government, ang participants po natin ay Philippine Navy at Philippine Coast Guard," Valte said.

The at-sea activities under Carat 2012 will be held at the Mindanao Sea, according to Philippine Navy spokesman Col. Omar Tonsay, adding that the exercises aim to improve RP-US combined planning, combat readiness, and interoperability and enhance security relations to respond to threats or deal with natural disasters. (PNA)

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