Philippines to participate in Australia's naval war games

Li Jiayao

MANILA, Aug. 19 (Xinhua) -- The Philippine Navy said on Sunday that it will send a 300-man contingent to participate in Australia's premier multilateral naval war games, Exercise Kakadu 2018, which will kick off on Aug. 31 and end on Sept. 15.

Philippine Navy spokesman Commander Jonathan Zata said a Philippine Navy ship is scheduled to leave on Monday for Australia to ferry its sailors participating in the maritime exercises.

Kakadu 2018 is the 14th iteration of the exercises hosted biennially by the Royal Australian Navy.

"It represents an opportunity for invited navies to participate in multinational maritime activities in a manner which promotes greater levels of military cooperation and understanding amongst nations," Zata said in a statement.

Zata said the participants will conduct a wide range of naval activities, including humanitarian assistance and disaster response and maritime search and rescue operations.

In June, the Philippine Navy sent a navy ship and 700-man contingent to participate in the U.S.-hosted Rim of the Pacific, the largest international maritime exercise, held in Hawaii.

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