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War games between US, Philippines air force set in April

Cope Thunder 2024 (U.S. Pacific Air Forces/Facebook)
March 22, 2024

The war games between the air forces of the Philippines and the United States are set to be conducted next month.

“In terms of the Philippine Air Force, they are now preparing for the Cope Thunder 2024-1 which will be conducted in April,” said Col. Francel Margareth Padilla, who is the Armed Forces of the Philippines’ (AFP) spokesperson, during a regular press briefing.

Details are still thin for this year’s Cope Thunder, except that the AFP and US Pacific Air Forces will conduct joint and combined sea, air, and ground exercises.

The first-ever iteration of Cope Thunder since its return was held last year.

Cope Thunder started in the Philippines in 1976 and went on until 1990.

The exercises were discontinued after the US military left Clark Field and Subic Bay in 1991 due to damage from the Mt. Pinatubo’s eruption in June that year and also after the Philippine Senate voted against extending the lease on US military facilities in the country.


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