U.S. Army Pacific and the Philippine Army announce the execution of Exercise Salaknib 2021, to be held in and around Fort Magsaysay, Palayan, and Nueva Ecija, Philippines, from July 9 to 31, 2021.
Salaknib is an annual, Philippine Army-led, bilateral exercise sponsored by U.S. Army Pacific, contributing to and enhancing U.S. and Philippine defense readiness and tactical interoperability while strengthening multinational relationships.
Approximately 60 U.S. soldiers from the 5th Security Force Assistance Brigade and 600 Philippine soldiers from the 1st Brigade Combat Team will participate in this year's exercise, working closely to share best practices in several key functional areas including fire support, engineering, communications, military intelligence, counter-improvised explosive devices, chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear and explosives, and K-9 military working dogs.
COVID-19 mitigation remains a priority for both nations. U.S. forces will follow the COVID-19 protocols established by the Republic of the Philippines, including being tested for COVID-19 upon arrival in the country and quarantining for 14 days at an approved facility, as well as maintaining social distancing and wearing face masks during exercises as operationally feasible.
Exercise Salaknib 2021 provides a venue for the exchange of tactics, techniques, and procedures, and demonstrates U.S. and Philippine resolve to collaborate on mutual security interests as friends and allies.