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US Navy SEALs Teach Philippines Soldiers to Fly UAVs

DroneLaunchCarrierU.S. Navy seals instructed Philippine soldiers Fridays on how to operate unmanned aerial vehicles for defense missions during annual joint exercises, Agence France-Presse reported Friday.

The Seals worked with Filipino soldiers as they operated UAVs, with one drone launching from a marine vessel during the demonstration held at a base near Manila.

Philippine Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin told AFP the Asian country intends to grant U.S. and Japan access to its military facilities to counter threats by China due to territorial disputes.

Jeremy Eden, a U.S. maritime civil affairs officer, told AFP the miniature “Puma” aircraft used during the drill are only for surveillance purposes, the article added.

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