Philippine, Australian troops held exercises near South China Sea

Australian and Filipino troops held exercises on near South China Sea waters.

About 1,200 Australian soldiers and 560 Filipino marines stormed a beach in the drill, arriving in amphibious assault vehicles, by parachute and on US Osprey aircraft.

Noteworthy, the exercise came after Chinese coast guard vessels fired water cannon and blocked a Philippine resupply mission to Second Thomas Shoal in the South China Sea.

Also, two advanced Australian F-35 fighter jets provided close air support, and Australian warships secured the surrounding waters.

Worth mentioning, these are the first major air, sea and land drills between the two countries. They simulated retaking an enemy-controlled island.