The air-to-air bilateral coaching in humanitarian and catastrophe reduction, which Japan’s embassy described as a “vital milestone” for joint defence cooperation, will happen from July 5 to eight at Clark Air Base, previously a U.S. navy facility within the northern Philippines.
The workouts will embrace a Japanese C-130H cargo plane and its personnel which along with Philippine airmen will simulate supply of reduction items in remoted areas.
“Japan and the Philippines are each pure disaster-prone international locations and there are a lot we are able to share on catastrophe reduction operations for saving lives,” Main Mizuno Masaki, unit commander of the Japanese Air Self Defence Power, stated in an announcement.
U.S. allies Japan and the Philippines have each been at odds with China over the conduct of its vessels and plane within the East and South China Seas.
The announcement comes as different allies of the United States take higher steps to protect freedom of navigation and overflight within the area, together with navy patrols, amid rising Chinese language militarisation.
Japan got here to the help of the Philippines after the devastation brought on by tremendous storm Haiyan in 2013, which killed over 6,000 individuals and left tons of of hundreds households homeless.
Japan and the Philippines signed an settlement to forge nearer defence ties in January 2015, and the 2 international locations has since performed 17 joint naval drills.
Japan has additionally transferred defence and know-how gear that might assist the Philippines’ enhance patrols within the South China Sea.