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US, Philippines Launch Military Exercise Amid Tensions With China

Posted April 16th, 2012 at 3:20 am (UTC-5)
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U.S. and Philippines forces on Monday opened 12 days of military exercises amid growing maritime tensions with China. Commanders from the two sides launched the drills with a formal ceremony in Manila, where the Philippine chief of staff, Jessie Dellosa, warned vaguely of the threat posed by “certain international issues.” “But in spite of the […]

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India’s Capital Conducts First Ever Disaster Drill

Posted February 15th, 2012 at 8:40 am (UTC-5)
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Authorities in India’s congested and earthquake-prone capital New Delhi conducted the city’s first-ever mock disaster drill Wednesday in an effort to make its 16.5 million people better prepared. Authorities said the two-hour drill had been a success and promised a more detailed analysis later. They also said they hoped residents had learned from the exercise. […]

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Japanese Conduct Earthquake Drill Amid Memories of March Disasters

Posted September 1st, 2011 at 2:36 am (UTC-5)
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Thousands of people across Japan took part Thursday in a massive earthquake drill, the first of its kind since the March 11 quake and tsunami that devastated the nation’s northeastern coast. Police redirected traffic and pointed pedestrians to earthquake shelters, while other authorities checked for gas leaks and simulated air-sea rescues over Tokyo Bay. Outgoing […]

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South Koreans Take to Emergency Shelters in Annual Drill

Posted August 18th, 2011 at 6:35 am (UTC-5)
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South Korean residents rushed to emergency shelters Thursday as part of an annual military exercise with the United States that has prompted dire warnings from rival North Korea. Police and fire fighters directed residents to shelters throughout the capital, Seoul, while elsewhere U.S. troops joined more than half a million South Korean forces in the […]

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US, Singapore Begin Annual Maritime Drills

Posted August 16th, 2011 at 2:10 am (UTC-5)
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Naval forces of the United States and Singapore have begun an annual maritime exercise in waters off the city-state’s coast. The 17th Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training exercise began with an opening ceremony at Singapore’s Changi Naval Base Monday. The drills are focused on maritime operations including sea, air and surface warfare. Singapore will deploy […]

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North Korean Forces Assemble For Rare Combined Exercise

Posted July 26th, 2011 at 3:00 am (UTC-5)
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South Korean officials say the North has assembled troops, ships and aircraft for what is expected to be a large-scale military exercise. Officials, speaking on condition they not be named, have told South Korean media that MiG-21 fighter jets and about 20 naval vessels have assembled since last week at two bases in the Yellow […]

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Japanese Airmen Hone Skills at Alaskan Air Base

Posted July 26th, 2011 at 1:00 am (UTC-5)
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About 200 members of Japan’s Air Self-Defense Forces are in Alaska for exercises that include low-level flying, in-air refueling and cargo air drops. The U.S. military’s Pacific Command said Tuesday the drills also include landings on incompletely prepared runways. It said the Japanese airmen have few opportunities to practice low-level flying in their densely populated […]

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South Korea Holds Military Drills Near DMZ

Posted June 27th, 2011 at 12:35 am (UTC-5)
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The South Korean army says it is holding military drills near the heavily fortified border with North Korea this week. Military officials say the field-training exercises, set to run from Monday through Friday, will be held in the border city of Paju. Officials say the exercises are designed to examine the military’s combat readiness. South […]

Vietnam Holds Naval Drill as Tensions with China Grow

Posted June 13th, 2011 at 5:40 pm (UTC-5)
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Vietnam’s navy conducted live-fire artillery drills off its central coast Monday, following rising tensions with China over control in the South China Sea. The maneuvers began near an unoccupied island about 40 kilometers off the coast of Quang Nam province. Hanoi described the exercises as “routine training,” but Chinese state media strongly criticized the drills […]

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Vietnam Launches Naval Maneuvers As Tensions With China Grow

Posted June 13th, 2011 at 9:35 am (UTC-5)
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Vietnam launched military drills in the South China Sea Monday, firing naval guns off its central coast as a maritime dispute with neighboring China intensifies. The live-fire maneuvers, which lasted about four hours, took place near an unoccupied island about 40 kilometers off the coast of Quang Nam province. Hanoi said more drills would take […]

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