PHL Marines’ amphibious assault vehicles join first multinational amphibious drills

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The Philippine Marines has used its amphibious assault vehicles (AAVs) for the first time in a multinational amphibious exercise.

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The Philippine Marines’ AAV’s were in an amphibious exercise as part of exercise KAMANDAG 3 at Katungkulan Beach, Marine Barracks Gregorio Lim in Ternate, Cavite on October 12.

KAMANDAG, which is in its third iteration, is a bilateral exercise between the Republic of the Philippines and the United States militaries which also features participation from Japan.

The Philippine-led exercise will include military-to-military exchanges between Philippine, Japanese, and American forces, with a focus on improving counterterrorism and humanitarian assistance and disaster relief capabilities.

Japan Self-Defense Force’s participation in the exercise focuses on humanitarian assistance and disaster relief training scenarios. 

KAMANDAG 3 officially kicked off on October 9, to be held until October 18. It will involve training in amphibious operations, live fire drills, military operations in urban terrain, reconnaissance, low altitude air defense, aviation operations, humanitarian assistance and disaster relief, combat lifesaving, and other areas.

KAMANDAG 3 aims to increase overall Philippine and U.S. readiness, improve combined responsiveness to crises in the Indo-Pacific region, and strengthen both countries’ decades-long partnership.