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Australian Defence Force personnel are currently in the Philippines supporting the US and AFP on Exercise Balikatan.

Conducted on Luzon and Palawan islands, Exercise Balikatan focuses on delivering humanitarian civic assistance programs, role playing maritime security scenarios and conducting a field training exercise.

More than 60 ADF personnel from the Navy, Army and Air Force and Defence Science and Technology Organisation are taking part in the exercise.

Exercise Balikatan allows the ADF to further build its Defence ties and military-civilian coordination skills with the Philippines and United States, as well as enhancing Asia-Pacific regional security and stability. This year is the fifth time the ADF has participated in Exercise Balikatan.