US, Philippine forces hold combat drills to brace for crisis


              U.S. Navy Rear Adm. Derek Trinque, Commander of Expeditionary Strike Group 7 and Commander of Amphibious Force, 7th Fleet speaks during opening ceremonies of an annual joint military exercise called Kamandag the Tagalog acronym for "Cooperation of the Warriors of the Sea" at Fort Bonifacio, Taguig city, Philippines on Monday Oct. 3, 2022. More than 2,500 U.S. and Philippine marines launched combat exercises Monday to be able to jointly respond to any sudden crisis in a region long on tenterhooks over the South China Sea territorial disputes and China's increasingly hostile actions against Taiwan. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)
            
              A member of the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force passes by a sign during opening ceremonies of an annual joint military exercise called Kamandag the Tagalog acronym for "Cooperation of the Warriors of the Sea" at Fort Bonifacio, Taguig city, Philippines on Monday Oct. 3, 2022. More than 2,500 U.S. and Philippine marines launched combat exercises Monday to be able to jointly respond to any sudden crisis in a region long on tenterhooks over the South China Sea territorial disputes and China"s increasingly hostile actions against Taiwan. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)
            
              Marines watch during the entry of colors as part of the opening ceremonies of an annual joint military exercise called Kamandag the Tagalog acronym for "Cooperation of the Warriors of the Sea" at Fort Bonifacio, Taguig city, Philippines on Monday Oct. 3, 2022. More than 2,500 U.S. and Philippine marines launched combat exercises Monday to be able to jointly respond to any sudden crisis in a region long on tenterhooks over the South China Sea territorial disputes and China"s increasingly hostile actions against Taiwan. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)
            
              Philippine Navy Marine Brig. Gen. Raul Jesus Caldez, left, and U.S. Marine Corp Col. Deric Ayers unfurl the exercise flag during opening ceremonies of an annual joint military exercise called Kamandag the Tagalog acronym for "Cooperation of the Warriors of the Sea" at Fort Bonifacio, Taguig city, Philippines on Monday Oct. 3, 2022. More than 2,500 U.S. and Philippine marines launched combat exercises Monday to be able to jointly respond to any sudden crisis in a region long on tenterhooks over the South China Sea territorial disputes and China's increasingly hostile actions against Taiwan. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)
            
              Philippine Navy Marines Brig. Gen. Raul Jesus Caldez, Exercise Director, left, and U.S. Marine Corp Col. Deric Ayers look at a flag during opening ceremonies of an annual joint military exercise called Kamandag the Tagalog acronym for "Cooperation of the Warriors of the Sea" at Fort Bonifacio, Taguig city, Philippines on Monday Oct. 3, 2022. More than 2,500 U.S. and Philippine marines launched combat exercises Monday to be able to jointly respond to any sudden crisis in a region long on tenterhooks over the South China Sea territorial disputes and China's increasingly hostile actions against Taiwan. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)
            
              Philippine Navy Rear Adm. Caesar Bernard Valencia, center, acting Flag Officer In Command, salutes beside U.S. Navy Rear Adm. Derek Trinque, left, Commander of Expeditionary Strike Group 7 and Commander of Amphibious Force, 7th Fleet, during opening ceremonies of an annual joint military exercise called Kamandag the Tagalog acronym for "Cooperation of the Warriors of the Sea" at Fort Bonifacio, Taguig city, Philippines on Monday Oct. 3, 2022. More than 2,500 U.S. and Philippine marines launched combat exercises Monday to be able to jointly respond to any sudden crisis in a region long on tenterhooks over the South China Sea territorial disputes and China's increasingly hostile actions against Taiwan. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)
            
              Marines from Philippines, Japan, South Korea and the United States carry their flag during opening ceremonies of an annual joint military exercise called Kamandag the Tagalog acronym for "Cooperation of the Warriors of the Sea" at Fort Bonifacio, Taguig city, Philippines on Monday Oct. 3, 2022. More than 2,500 U.S. and Philippine marines launched combat exercises Monday to be able to jointly respond to any sudden crisis in a region long on tenterhooks over the South China Sea territorial disputes and ChinaÅfs increasingly hostile actions against Taiwan. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)
US, Philippine forces hold combat drills to brace for crisis