The United States and Philippine navy sailors conducted an underwater construction demolition dive training in support of Balikatan 2017 at Ipil Port in Ormoc City, Leyte, May 10, 2017.
“The demolition training prepares the U.S. military and Armed Forces of the Philippines to clear debris in ports and open up supply lines for victims of natural disasters and crises,” the US Navy said.
“Underwater demolition can help Philippine and U.S. forces provide humanitarian assistance and disaster relief operations from the sea to remote areas of the Philippines,” US Navy added.
Balikatan is an annual U.S.-Philippine bilateral military exercise focused on a variety of missions including humanitarian and disaster relief, counterterrorism, and other combined military operations.
This year’s Balikatan started May 8 and will close on the 19th. This year US and Philippine military focus on humanitarian assistance and disaster relief, and counter terrorism.