Six US Marines F/A-18 in Philippines for exercise

“Philippine Air Force and United States Marine Corps (USMC) are scheduled to participate in Bilateral Tactical Exercise from August 20-31,” US Embassy in Manila said in a statement. The exercise between Filipino Air Force and American Marines will involve six USMC F/A-18 aircraft.

The exercise is designed to improve bi-lateral procedures and practices for air-to-air and air-to ground operations and build interoperability and partnership between the two forces.

The US Embassy further added that aircraft are scheduled to fly out of Clark Air Base during the exercise. Training will involve PAF and USMC aircraft conducting Close Air Support in Crow Valley Range.

“Local residents should expect an increase in air-traffic noise and explosions within the range,” the US Embassy said.