Balikatan 11 Highlights
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Balikatan 2011 is a Republic of the Philippines-U.S. bilateral military humanitarian assistance and training exercise held April 5-15 in the Philippines. U.S. Army Pacific (USARPAC), the Army Service Component Command in the U.S. Pacific Command (USPACOM) area of responsibility, is executive agent for Balikatan. About 6,000 U.S. servicemembers will train with Armed Forces of the Philippines personnel during the joint bilateral exercise. Components of Balikatan include civil-military operations, field training exercises and a command post exercise. This will be the 27th exercise in the Balikatan series and will be held under the auspices of the Mutual Defense Treaty and Visiting Forces Agreement.

Balikatan demonstrates USARPAC's ability to support multiple contingencies throughout the Pacific Theater. USARPAC's Contingency Command Post deployed from Fort Shafter, Hawaii, to validate its capability as a trained and ready team that can support Pacific-wide operations.

Bilateral training is vital to maintaining readiness capabilities for both the U.S. and Philippine armed forces. Balikatan sustains the long-term security assistance relationship between the Republic of the Philippines and the United States. Balikatan increases interoperability between military forces and enables them to provide relief and assistance in the event of natural disasters and other crises. The government of the Republic of the Philippines and the United States have a long relationship of working together. This partnership includes a 59-year-old Mutual Defense Treaty.
 

 
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