PH, US start 2nd edition of ‘Cope Thunder’ drills

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COPE THUNDER. Philippine Air Force and US Pacific Air Forces personnel pose for a group photo during the opening ceremonies of the second iteration of the Cope Thunder exercise in Clark Air Base, Pampanga on Tuesday (June 18, 2024). The Cope Thunder exercise aims to promote interoperability of the armed forces involved in exercises in conducting air and ground operations. (Photo courtesy of the PAF)

MANILA – The second iteration of the Cope Thunder exercises between the Philippine Air Force (PAF) and its US counterparts started Tuesday in Clark Air Base, Mabalacat, Pampanga.

In a news release Wednesday, PAF spokesperson Ma. Col. Consuelo Castillo said approximately 1,000 PAF personnel participate in subject matter expert exchanges on planning and execution of various military missions, along with their counterparts from the US Pacific Air Forces.

Formally known as Cope Thunder 2024-2, the joint drills will end on June 28.

Castillo said Cope Thunder aims to promote interoperability of the armed forces involved in the exercise in conducting air and ground operations.

“This ensures smooth collaboration and effective response during real-world scenarios,” she added.

The Cope Thunder 2024-1 was held last April 8 to 19 and focused mainly on large-force deployment exercises. (PNA)

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