PHL Marines AAVs complete landings with US, Japan AAVs

Amphibious Assault Vehicles (AAV) of the Philippine Marine Corps together with AAV’s of the United States Marine Corps and Japan Ground Self Defense Force conducted their successful landings in the beaches of Marine Base Gregorio Lim, Ternate, Cavite as part of the scheduled activities of KAMANDAG Exercises last 12 October 2019.

The landing is the culmination of the amphibious combined interoperability training between the three amphibious forces, as this further develops the capabilities of our Marines in conducting similar operations.

The amphibious capability acquired by the Marines will boost its ability to respond to counter-terrorism scenarios, humanitarian assistance, and disaster relief operations and territorial defense.

BGEN ARIEL CACULITAN AFP, Deputy Commandant, Philippine Marine Corps together with MGEN PAUL A ROCK USMC, Commanding General, 3RD Marine Expeditionary Brigade (U.S.) and MGEN SHINICHI AOKI, Commanding General, Amphibious Rapid Deployment Brigade (JAPAN) witnessed the said event.

KAMANDAG 3 is a Philippine-led military training exercise between the AFP and US Forces joined by JSDF members focusing on combined interoperability events, capabilities development activities, and humanitarian and civic assistance projects from 09 to 18 October 2019.

Exercises like KAMANDAG 3 strengthen international partnerships and our forces’ abilities to rapidly respond to crises throughout the Indo-Pacific. PHILIPPINE MARINE CORPS