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PH, US air forces to lead biennial Pacific Airlift Rally

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The Philippines and the United States will lead participating air forces from 14 countries during the Pacific Airlift Rally 2023, a biennial exercise that will run from Aug. 14 to 18 in military bases across Luzon and Visayas.

The activities will be held at Clark Air Base in Mabalacat, Pampanga; Colonel Jesus Villamor Air Base in Pasay City; and Brigadier General Benito Ebuen Air Base in Lapu-Lapu City, Cebu.

The event was previously held in Lombok Island, Indonesia last September 2021.

In a statement, the Philippine Air Force said the activity would cover airborne training exercises, airlift operations, and logistical planning table-top exercises that will focus on humanitarian assistance and disaster relief (HADR) operations.

“The Indo-Asia-Pacific region is home to 60 percent of the world’s population in 45 nations spread across 53 percent of the Earth’s surface, and the majority of the world’s natural disasters occur in this area,” the PAF said.

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“Experience has demonstrated that to effectively provide support to civilian disaster response agencies, it is extremely important that nations cooperate and improve joint capabilities,” it added.

The country’s C-130 Hercules will also join other C130s from the US Air Force, Japan Air Self-Defense Force, Royal Malaysian Air Force, and Indonesian Air Force for flight training.

Aside from the Philippines and the US, participants will come from Japan, Indonesia, Malaysia, Bangladesh, Brunei, Canada, Maldives, Mongolia, Nepal, Singapore, Sri Lanka, and Timor-Leste.

The exercises will also cover HADR airlift operations and logistical planning for aircraft deployment staging; cargo and movement mission planning; and multinational airlift capability analysis for airlift mission schedule prioritization.

The Philippines and the United States will lead participating air forces from 14 countries during the Pacific Airlift Rally 2023, a biennial exercise that will run from Aug. 14 to 18 in military bases across Luzon and Visayas.

The activities will be held at Clark Air Base in Mabalacat, Pampanga; Colonel Jesus Villamor Air Base in Pasay City; and Brigadier General Benito Ebuen Air Base in Lapu-Lapu City, Cebu.

The event was previously held in Lombok Island, Indonesia last September 2021.

In a statement, the Philippine Air Force said the activity would cover airborne training exercises, airlift operations, and logistical planning table-top exercises that will focus on humanitarian assistance and disaster relief (HADR) operations.

“The Indo-Asia-Pacific region is home to 60 percent of the world’s population in 45 nations spread across 53 percent of the Earth’s surface, and the majority of the world’s natural disasters occur in this area,” the PAF said.

“Experience has demonstrated that to effectively provide support to civilian disaster response agencies, it is extremely important that nations cooperate and improve joint capabilities,” it added.

The country’s C-130 Hercules will also join other C130s from the US Air Force, Japan Air Self-Defense Force, Royal Malaysian Air Force, and Indonesian Air Force for flight training.

Aside from the Philippines and the US, participants will come from Japan, Indonesia, Malaysia, Bangladesh, Brunei, Canada, Maldives, Mongolia, Nepal, Singapore, Sri Lanka, and Timor-Leste.

The exercises will also cover HADR airlift operations and logistical planning for aircraft deployment staging; cargo and movement mission planning; and multinational airlift capability analysis for airlift mission schedule prioritization.

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