US military drills in Philippines unaffected by America’s focus on Ukraine and Gaza, US general says

MANILA, Philippines — Combat exercises between the United States and the Philippines involving thousands of forces each year will not be affected by America’s focus on the wars in Ukraine and the Middle East, a U.S. general said Thursday. The Biden administration has been strengthening an arc of military alliances in the Indo-Pacific region to … Read more

Ships from US, Australia and Japan conduct joint drills in South China Sea in defiance of Beijing

TAIPEI, Taiwan — Warships from the United States, Australia and Japan have held joint drills in the South China Sea in defiance of Beijing, which claims sovereignty over virtually the entire strategic waterway. The U.S. 7th Fleet that oversees most U.S. Navy operations in the region said the guided-missile destroyer USS John Finn and combat … Read more

US, South Korea and Japan conduct naval drills as tensions deepen with North Korea

SEOUL, South Korea — The United States, South Korea and Japan conducted perhaps their biggest-ever combined naval exercises in a show of strength against nuclear-armed North Korea, South Korea’s military said Wednesday. The three allies’ senior diplomats were to meet in Seoul to discuss the worsening standoff with Pyongyang. The training in waters off South … Read more

Myanmar and China conduct naval drills together as fighting surges in border area

BANGKOK — Myanmar and China are conducting naval drills together as the military government in the Southeast Asian nation loses ground in its northeast border region to a coalition of militias that also has strong ties to Beijing. State-run Myanma Alinn newspaper said Wednesday that three Chinese vessels were anchored in Yangon, Myanmar’s largest city, … Read more

South Korea and U.S. Forces Stage Drills for Potential ‘Hamas-Style’ Attack by North Korea

SEOUL, South Korea — South Korean and U.S. troops have been conducting live-fire exercises this week to hone their ability to respond to potential “Hamas-style surprise artillery attacks” by North Korea, South Korea’s military said Friday. The two forces regularly conduct live-fire and other training, but this week’s drills come after Hamas’ Oct. 7 assault … Read more

Sirens blare across Russia as it holds nationwide emergency drills

Sirens have wailed across Russia and television stations interrupted regular programming to broadcast warning signals as part of sweeping drills intended to test the readiness of the emergency services amid the fighting in Ukraine MOSCOW — Sirens wailed across Russia and TV stations interrupted regular programming to broadcast warnings Wednesday as part of sweeping drills … Read more

Japan marks 100 years because the devastating Nice Kanto Quake, with catastrophe drills nationwide

TOKYO — Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida staged a televised catastrophe drill Friday based mostly on a fictional earthquake within the capital area, as his nation marked the centennial of the real-life 1923 Nice Kanto Quake that killed greater than 100,000 folks. The 7.9-magnitude earthquake that struck the Sagamihara space southwest of Tokyo on Sept. … Read more

North Korean chief Kim requires his navy to sharpen battle plans as his rivals put together drills

SEOUL, South Korea — North Korean chief Kim Jong Un ordered his navy to sharpen its battle plans and signed off on increasing fight operations of frontline models, state media stated Thursday, as the USA and South Korea put together for a large-scale mixed navy train. Condemning the allies’ increasing drills as invasion rehearsals, Kim … Read more