US to send amphibious landing ship for Phl-US annual exercise
Rosalinda L. Orosa (The Philippine Star) - April 1, 2013 - 10:00pm

MANILA, Philippines (Xinhua) - The United States is sending USS Tortuga, an amphibious dock landing ship of the US 7th Fleet, to the Philippines to participate in the annual bilateral military exercise, the US Embassy in Manila said here today.

The ship is to arrive in Manila on Tuesday and then have a brief stop in Subic before taking part in the Philippine-US Balikatan exercises.

During Balikatan exercise, which takes place on the island of Luzon from April 5 to 17, the Tortuga will support Philippine and US troops'joint training for humanitarian assistance and disaster response scenarios, the embassy report said.

USS Tortuga (LSD-46) is part of the Bonhomme Richard Amphibious Ready Group (ARG) and is currently on deployment in the US 7th Fleet area of responsibility.  

Earlier, the Philippine military said that six other countries - Australia, Brunei, Japan, South Korea, Singapore and Thailand - will take part in this year's Balikatan joint military exercise. They will participate in the Multinational Maritime Security Roundtable Discussion, but will not take part in the actual field training exercises which will be limited to Filipino and US forces alone.   

 

BALIKATAN BONHOMME RICHARD AMPHIBIOUS READY GROUP BRUNEI DURING BALIKATAN LUZON MULTINATIONAL MARITIME SECURITY ROUNDTABLE DISCUSSION SINGAPORE AND THAILAND SOUTH KOREA SUBIC TORTUGA UNITED STATES
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