500 Filipino, American soldiers simulate massive, rapid airborne deployment

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Around 500 soldiers from Philippine Army First Scout Ranger Regiment and Special Forces Regiment (Airborne); and US Army’s 4th Brigade Combat Team (Airborne) participated in the first Combined Airborne Operations on September 22 at Cesar Basa Air Base, Floridablanca, Pampanga.

PHILIPPINE ARMY photo

The event was hosted by the Philippine Air Force 5th Fighter Wing.

The Filipino and American soldiers jumped off from four US C-130 planes to simulate a massive and rapid deployment of troops.

According to Philippine Army the exercise aimed to enhance the combined airborne and territorial defense capabilities as well as the other competencies in urban combat operations of both forces.

“This training will enhance our troops’ technical expertise in airborne operations, enabling our combat units to better respond to future contingency operations and other security challenges. Likewise, the combat interoperability with our US counterparts will also be strengthened,” said Philippine Army commanding general Lt. Gen. Macairog S. Alberto.