US amphibious vehicles board PHL landing platform dock for 1st time

Assault amphibious vehicles (AAV) assigned to Combat Assault Company, 3rd Marine Regiment of the United States Marine Corps based at Marine Corps Base Hawaii conducted a boarding drill on Philippine Navy landing platform dock BRP Davao Del Sur (LD 602) on July 23 in the Pacific Ocean.

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The drill was part of Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) exercise 2018.

“This is the first time that Davao Del Sur has conducted operations with U.S. Marine AAVs,” the US Navy said.

The Philippine Navy is slated to receive 8 AAVs ordered from South Korean manufacturer Hanwha Techwin, formerly Samsung Techwin. Four are expected to be delivered in April 2019, while final four are expected August 2019.

“The world’s largest international maritime exercise, RIMPAC provides a unique training opportunity while fostering and sustaining cooperative relationships among participants critical to ensuring the safety of sea lanes and security of the world’s oceans,” the US Navy said.

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