Philippines is set to simultaneously hold military exercises with United States and Japan next week. Philippine Navy and US Navy have started today the Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training (CARAT) Philippine 2015 which will run until June 30.
CARAT-Philippines is an annual maritime exercise. The exercise between Philippines and United States will focus on gunnery exercises, helicopter crash and salvage drills, deck-landing qualifications, visit, board, search-and-seizure and weapon system training.
BRP Gregorio Del Pilar (PF-15) and BRP Ramon Alcaraz (PF-16) will participate in the said training. US Navy’s Freedom-class littoral combat ship USS Fort Worth is also set to join the said maritime exercise.
On the other hand, Philippines and Japan will be conducting a Navy-to-Navy engagement that will start June 22 and will end on 26. Engagement with Japan Maritime Self Defense Force (JMSDF) will focus on humanitarian assistance and disaster response, maritime search-and-rescue, and maritime situational awareness training and cooperation.
Reports say that Japanese navy will deploy one P-3C Orion anti-submarine, maritime surveillance aircraft for the said exercise, while Philippine Navy will use a vessel and aircraft.
Military drills with US and Japan will be held in West Philippine Sea.
A staff-to-staff talks will also be conducted during the visit of JMSDF to “strengthen and institutionalize information-sharing between the PN and JMSDF to step-up maritime situational awareness.”