Marine reservists hold amphibious raid in exercise

Marine reservists conducted an amphibious raid exercise at Poblacion Beach, Sipalay City, Negros Occidental on June 10.

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“The exercise was executed by the landing force from 8th Marine Brigade (Reserve) of Naval Reserve Center – Western Visayas (NRCWV) aboard the Landing Craft BRP Agta (LC290) of the Philippine Navy,” Philippine Navy’s Naval Forces Central (NFC) said.

NFC said the landing force, composed of one company from Naval Reserve Center-Western Visayas and 30 personnel from Naval Reserve Center-Eastern Visayas simultaneously conducted disembarkation procedures and squad maneuvers.

“Their raiding component also eliminated the remaining enemies and subsequently rescued civilian hostages during the hostage crisis scenario of the activity,” it added.

A special operations unit with two Rigid Hull Inflatable Boats (RHIBs NAVSOU 5) served as the unit conducting the beach head clearing prior the landing of the main landing force. Philippine Navy patrol craft BRP Salvador Abcede (PC114) was utilized also to serve as Support Vessel that conducted simulated Naval Gun Fire Support (NGFS) during the said exercise.

“Fire Fighting Team, Medical Team, and PNP SWAT then arrived at the scene after the area is cleared and declared safe in order to restore peace and order that was struck at a moment during the hostage taking crisis scenario,” NFC added.

“We conducted this for the seamless integration of our reservists with the regular force, so that they will become a mirror image of our regular force,” said Brig. Gen. Arthur Biyo, commander of the Naval Reserve Command.

“We train them so that in the event of war invasion or rebellion, we can mobilize them to assist the Armed Forces,” he said. “They showed their capability to neutralize possible threats to our security.”