Japanese soldiers provide support to US, PHL in simulating island retake

Japanese soldiers part of Amphibious Raid Deployment Brigade of the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force (JGSDF) together with their Amphibious Assault Vehicles (AAVs) are actively participating in the ongoing “Kaagapay Ng Mga Mandirigma Ng Dagat” (KAMANDAG) 2 exercise being held in the Philippines.

In an amphibious operation event as part of KAMANDAG, Japanese soldiers provided humanitarian support while American and Filipino Marines are simulating ship to shore assault to retake a territory controlled by terrorists.

“Our purpose is to improve our operational capability and this is a very good opportunity for us to improve our humanitarian assistance and disaster relief training,” Japanese Major Koki Inoue said as quoted by Agence France-Presse.

“KAMANDAG 2 is a military training exercise led by Philippines between the Armed Forces of the Philippines and U.S. military, along with participants from the Japan Self-Defense Force featuring military-to-military exchanges through various training events, capabilities development training, and humanitarian and civic assistance projects,” the US Navy said.

KAMANDAG 2 will be running until October 10.

Sources: https://www.dvidshub.net/image/4792732/kamandag-2-amphibious-operations; https://news.abs-cbn.com/news/10/06/18/japan-military-joins-historic-ph-us-war-games; https://www.facebook.com/pg/BRPDavaodelSurLD602Official/photos/?tab=album&album_id=1929777923776836; https://www.facebook.com/3dMEB/posts/1816283728484397