Around 3,000 Filipino soldiers and 2,500 from the US showcased their rapid response capabilities during a Combined Arms Live-Fire Exercise (CALFEX) held in the Philippines’ Tarlac province on May 15.

The exercise involved troops from the Philippines’ Army Infantry Battalion, Marine Battalion Landing Team, Combined Joint Special Operations Task Force, Artillery Company and the Air Force Support Units. They were joined by the US Marine Corps Air Naval Gunfire Liaison Detachment.

The exercise also included a helicopter raid and ground forces manoeuvres.

The host’s army spokesman Lieutenant Colonel Noel J. Detoyato said the field training exercise was based on simulated realistic scenarios.

CALFEX is part of the annual joint military exercises between the Philippines and the US named “Balikatan”, which started on May 5.-VNA