Members of Philippine Navy’s special operations forces, the Naval Special Operations Group (NAVSOG) and Marine Special Operations Group (MARSOG), are undergoing series of drills and exercises with foreign counterparts at Boondock Training Area, Marine Corps Base Hawaii in Kaneohe Bay as part of RIMPAC 2018’s harbor phase, the Philippine Navy said.
“These drills and trainings are part of the harbor phase of the ongoing Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) Exercise 2018, the world’s premier and largest joint and combined naval exercise hosted by the US Navy’s Pacific Fleet and held biennially at Honolulu, Hawaii,” the Philippine Navy said.
The Navy said that its participation in naval exercise with such magnitude allows Filipino sailors and Marines to exchange best practices with and learn from the best navies in the world.
Philippine Navy said the NAVSOG already participated in Fast Rope Insertion and Extraction System (FRIES) Training and Combat Marksmanship Drills.
MARSOG, on the other hand, has undergone training on Urban Operations, Amphibious Assault Vehicle Familiarization, Combat Life Saving, Ground-Air Integration, Heliborne Raid Operations, Small Boat Insertion, and Shallow Water Egress.
A total of twenty-five nations, more than 45 ships and submarines, about 200 aircraft, and 25,000 personnel are participating in RIMPAC from June 27 to August 2 in and around the Hawaiian Islands and Southern California.