Philippines, Australian forces stage sea drill as ties deepen

More than 100 soldiers in Filipino and Australian naval forces run a disaster response drill (Source: VNA)

Hanoi (VNA)
More than 100 soldiers in Filipino and Australian naval forces on October 15
ran a disaster response drill in Subic Bay, northwest of Manila, the
Philippines to deepen security ties in a region prone to disasters, piracy and
territorial rifts.

Lt. Col. Daniel Turner
of the Australian Defence Force said the naval maneuvers will strengthen the
two countries’ ability to respond to typhoons and other disasters.

When typhoons and floods occur,
traditional infrastructure, such as roads,
bridges and ports is damaged, with the only way to get to
the affected area often requiring helicopters
and landing craft, he said.

Previously, the HMAS
Adelaide carrier and the HMAS Darwin ships of Australia landed at Manila port
on October 10 during their five-day visit, showing Australia’s commitment to
ensuring regional security and stability.

These ships, part of the
Australian Defence Fleet joined the Indo-Pacific Endeavour 2017.

In 2007, Australia
signed an accord that allows its forces to train in the Philippines.

Australia is the only
country aside from the United States with which Manila has forged such a defence
pact, known as a status of forces agreement. -VNA

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