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Australia-Philippines Joint Military Patrols Begin in South China Sea Week After Similar U.S.-Philippine Patrols

Australian warship HMAS Toowoomba performed a maneuvering exercise during joint naval drills with the Philippines navy in the South China Sea on November 26, 2023. Video via the Armed Forces of the Philippines.

Australia and the Philippines have begun joint sea and air patrols in the South China Sea amid growing tensions with China.

Australian warship HMAS Toowoomba on Saturday began “Maritime Cooperative Activity” in the Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) of the Philippines, under a Strategic Partnership recently reached between both countries.

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