Philippines and U.S. Sailors Clear Debris Underwater at Balikatan 2017

Published on May 19, 2017 by

Philippine and U.S. Navy underwater construction teams conduct an underwater surface supply dive in support of Balikatan 2017 at Ipil Port in Ormoc City, Leyte, May 2017.

The surface supply dive training prepares Philippine and U.S. service members to clear debris in ports and open up supply lines for victims of natural disasters and crises.

Balikatan is an annual U.S.-Philippine bilateral military exercise focused on a variety of missions, including humanitarian assistance and disaster relief, counterterrorism, and other combined military operations.

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