The Marine Corps of Philippines and South Korea have discussed the conduct of Subject Matter Expert Exchanges (SMEE) on amphibious assault vehicles. This is in line with the upcoming delivery of 8 amphibious assault vehicles ordered from Hanwha Techwin, formerly Samsung Techwin.
The SMEE on amphibious assault vehicles was discussed during the meeting of Republic of Korea Marine Corps (ROKMC) Commandant Lieutenant General Jun Jin Goo and Philippine Marine Corps (PMC) officials.
Lieutenant General Jun Jin Goo made a visit to Fort Bonifacio in Taguig City on March 19.
PMC spokesperson Captain Maria Rowena B. Dalmacio said that among the discussed topics were the foundation where the two forces share interests and cooperation, conduct of Subject Matter Expert Exchanges and doctrines most especially on amphibious assault vehicles which will be delivered to the PMC in 2019; training opportunities in jungle warfare, 155 mm Howitzer and missile defense system, and management of Marines reserve components.
The ordered amphibious assault vehicles, when delivered, can be deployed from ship to shore through Philippine Navy’s Tarlac-class landing platform docks.
In July 2017, personnel of the Philippine Marine Corps were sent to United States military base in Okinawa, Japan to learn different amphibious assault vehicle procedures.
Sources: http://www.pna.gov.ph/articles/1029315; https://www.dvidshub.net/image/3576723/philippine-marines-train-american-base-first-time-ever