Image of Asia: Practicing evasive maneuvers in Philippines

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In this photo by Bullit Marquez, a roped cow tries to break free in front of a Philippine marine who tries to avoid it while taking up his position during a live-fire exercise near the coast northwest of Manila. Hundreds of cattle live on the sprawling naval facility at San Antonio township in Zambales province, and the marines and amphibious-assault vehicles had to maneuver through the herd during the exercise. More than 600 U.S. and Philippine marines took part in the annual exercise that concluded Friday and was aimed at increasing the armed forces' capabilities in bilateral maritime operations. The facility faces Scarborough Shoal, one of the contested areas in the South China Sea that is also claimed by China.

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Image of Asia: Practicing evasive maneuvers in Philippines
Philippine marines prepare for an assault as they take part in a live-fire exercise with U.S. Marines from the 3rd Marine Expeditionary Brigade and the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit at the conclusion of the nine-day joint U.S. and Philippine marines military exercise dubbed PHIBLEX at San Antonio township in Zambales province northwest of Manila, Philippines Friday, Oct. 9, 2015. More than 600 U.S. and Philippine marines are taking part in this annual exercise which is aimed at increasing the armed forces' capability in various bilateral maritime operations. (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez)
A Philippine marine fires his rifle as he takes part in an amphibious landing exercise at the conclusion of the nine-day U.S. and Philippine joint marines military exercise, dubbed PHIBLEX, at San Antonio township in Zambales province, northwest of Manila, Philippines, Friday, Oct. 9, 2015. More than 600 U.S. and Philippine marines are taking part in this annual exercise which is aimed at increasing the armed forces' capability in various bilateral maritime operations. (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez)
An MK-58 Hawker Hunter fighter jet provides air cover as U.S. Marines from the 3rd Marine Expeditionary Brigade, the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit and their Philippine counterpart aboard their Assault Amphibious Vehicles are dislodge by USS Germantown at the conclusion of the nine-day joint U.S. and Philippine marines military exercise dubbed PHIBLEX at San Antonio township in Zambales province northwest of Manila, Philippines, Friday, Oct. 9, 2015. More than 600 U.S. and Philippine marines are taking part in this annual exercise which is aimed at increasing the armed forces' capability in various bilateral maritime operations. (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez)
Philippine marines change their positions during a live-fire exercise with their US counterpart at the conclusion of the nine-day joint U.S. and Philippine marines military exercise dubbed PHIBLEX at San Antonio township in Zambales province northwest of Manila, Philippines Friday, Oct. 9, 2015. More than 600 U.S. and Philippine marines are taking part in this annual exercise which is aimed at increasing the armed forces' capability in various bilateral maritime operations. (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez)
Amphibious Assault Vehicles, carrying U.S. Marines from the 3rd Marine Expeditionary Brigade and the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit and their Philippine counterpart, maneuver through grazing cattle as they take part in an amphibious landing exercise at the conclusion of the nine-day joint U.S. and Philippine marines military exercise dubbed PHIBLEX at San Antonio township in Zambales province northwest of Manila, Philippines Friday, Oct. 9, 2015. More than 600 U.S. and Philippine marines are taking part in this annual exercise which is aimed at increasing the armed forces' capability in various bilateral maritime operations. (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez)
U.S. Marines from the 3rd Marine Expeditionary Brigade, the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit and Philippine marines take part in a boat raid exercise during their joint military exercise, dubbed PHIBLEX 2016, at the Philippine marines training center in Ternate township, Cavite province, south of Manila, Philippines, Thursday, Oct. 8, 2015. More than 600 U.S. and Philippine marines are taking part in this annual exercise which is aimed at increasing the armed forces' capability in various bilateral maritime operations. (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez)
Philippine marines watch U.S. Marines from the 3rd Marine Expeditionary Brigade, the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit and their Philippine counterparts as they conduct a boat raid exercise in their joint military exercise, dubbed PHIBLEX 2016, at the Philippine marines training center in Ternate township, Cavite province, south of Manila, Philippines, Thursday, Oct. 8, 2015. More than 600 U.S. and Philippine marines are taking part in this annual exercise which is aimed at increasing the armed forces' capability in various bilateral maritime operations. (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez)
Philippine marines prepare for an assault as they take part in a live-fire exercise with U.S. Marines from the 3rd Marine Expeditionary Brigade and the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit at the conclusion of the nine-day joint U.S. and Philippine marines military exercise dubbed PHIBLEX at San Antonio township in Zambales province northwest of Manila, Philippines Friday, Oct. 9, 2015. More than 600 U.S. and Philippine marines are taking part in this annual exercise which is aimed at increasing the armed forces' capability in various bilateral maritime operations. (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez)
U.S. Marines, second and fourth from left, from the 3rd Marine Expeditionary Brigade and the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit and their Philippine counterpart walk back to their vehicles after taking part in an amphibious landing exercise at the conclusion of the nine-day joint U.S. and Philippine marines military exercise dubbed PHIBLEX at San Antonio township in Zambales province northwest of Manila, Philippines Friday, Oct. 9, 2015. More than 600 U.S. and Philippine marines are taking part in this annual exercise which is aimed at increasing the armed forces' capability in various bilateral maritime operations. (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez)
A Philippine marine takes part in a boat raid operation during the joint U.S. and Philippine marines military exercise, dubbed PHIBLEX 2016, at the Philippine marines training center in Ternate township, Cavite province, south of Manila, Philippines, Thursday, Oct. 8, 2015. More than 600 U.S. and Philippine marines are taking part in this annual exercise which is aimed at increasing the armed forces' capability in various bilateral maritime operations. (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez)
Philippine marines line up to watch U.S. Marines from the 3rd Marine Expeditionary Brigade and the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit as they conduct a boat raid exercise in the joint U.S. and Philippine marines military exercise, dubbed PHIBLEX 2016, at the Philippine marines training center in Ternate township, Cavite province, south of Manila, Philippines, Thursday, Oct. 8, 2015. More than 600 U.S. and Philippine marines are taking part in this annual exercise which is aimed at increasing the armed forces' capability in various bilateral maritime operations. (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez)
U.S. Marines from the 3rd Marine Expeditionary Brigade and the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit prepare to assault their target as they take part in the joint U.S. and Philippine marines military exercise, dubbed PHIBLEX 2016, at the Philippine marines training center in Ternate township, Cavite province, south of Manila, Philippines, Thursday, Oct. 8, 2015. More than 600 U.S. and Philippine marines are taking part in this annual exercise which is aimed at increasing the armed forces' capability in various bilateral maritime operations. (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez)
Philippine marines take part in a boat raid operation during the joint U.S. and Philippine marines military exercise, dubbed PHIBLEX 2016, at the Philippine marines training center in Ternate township, Cavite province, south of Manila, Philippines, Thursday, Oct. 8, 2015. More than 600 U.S. and Philippine marines are taking part in this annual exercise which is aimed at increasing the armed forces' capability in various bilateral maritime operations. (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez)
Philippine marines prepare for an assault as they take part in a live-fire exercise with U.S. Marines from the 3rd Marine Expeditionary Brigade and the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit at the conclusion of the nine-day joint U.S. and Philippine marines military exercise dubbed PHIBLEX at San Antonio township in Zambales province northwest of Manila, Philippines Friday, Oct. 9, 2015. More than 600 U.S. and Philippine marines are taking part in this annual exercise which is aimed at increasing the armed forces' capability in various bilateral maritime operations. (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez)
An Amphibious Assault Vehicle, carrying U.S. Marines from the 3rd Marine Expeditionary Brigade, the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit and their Philippine counterpart, maneuvers for an assault as they take part in an amphibious landing exercise at the conclusion of the nine-day joint US and Philippine marines military exercise dubbed PHIBLEX at San Antonio township in Zambales province northwest of Manila, Philippines, Friday, Oct. 9, 2015. More than 600 U.S. and Philippine marines are taking part in this annual exercise which is aimed at increasing the armed forces' capability in various bilateral maritime operations. (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez)
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