About 14,000 United States and Philippine troops began 20-day manoeuvres 'Tangent Flash '83' which was launched on May 12, in the hills of Central Luzon Island.
GV Helicopter taking off
GV Helicopter in low level manoeuvre
SV Officers watching
SV Soldiers with guns covered (2 shots)
GV Aircraft flying
GV Smoke canister PAN TO Helicopter taking off
GV Troops taking positions behind smoke cover
SV PAN Officers watching
GV Troops in position on ground (2 shots)
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Background: About 14,000 United States and Philippine troops began 20-day manoeuvres 'Tangent Flash '83' which was launched on May 12, in the hills of Central Luzon Island. The war games, within the framework of the Mutual Defense Treaty between the United States and the Philippines, were planned to be a test of the pact's effectiveness in combating external threats. The scenario for the exercise was that a mythical enemy from a foreign country had successfully landed amphibious troops which had then fought their way inland towards the hills of Central Luzon. They were then due to be wiped out by co-ordinated assaults made by U.S. and Philippine forces using helicopters, artillery and infantry. 'Tangent Flash '83' is believed to be the largest manoeuvre in post-war years conducted jointly by the armed forces of the United States and the Philippines.