US Marine Forces Pacific commander visits Philippines

United States Marine Forces Pacific (MARFORPAC) commander Lieutenant General Lewis A. Craparotta visited the Philippines from February 16 to 18 to emphasize the importance of the US-Philippine alliance to the Indo-Pacific region.

While in Philippines, Lieutenant General Craparotta met with the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Chief-of-Staff General Benjamin Madrigal Jr. and the Commandant of the Philippine Marine Corps (PMC) Major General Alvin Parreño to discuss the US Marine Corps-AFP partnership.

The US Embassy in Manila said Craparotta joined Parreño to deliver opening remarks at the Marine-to-Marine Staff Talks, a bilateral exchange in which members of the US and Philippine Marine Corps discuss opportunities to increase collaboration in the future.

“These Philippine Marine Corps-MARFORPAC Marine to Marine Staff Talks promote cooperation and interoperability between our forces. As the warriors from the sea and the crisis response force, we the Marines have always been ready and responsive to address the defense and security challenges of the Pacific region,” said Parreño. 

“These topics also strengthen the trust and confidence that we have and promotes mutual security interests as well as contributing to global and security, peace security and stability,” Parreño added.

Craparotta discussed specific lines of effort outlined by former AFP Chief-of-Staff General Carlito Galvez Jr. and Commander of US Indo-Pacific Command Admiral Philip S. Davidson, which will frame the US and Philippine Marine Corps’ exercises and activities in the future.

“This week we are here to focus on training, readiness, [and] interoperability, not just for today and 2020, but really for the future,” said Craparotta. “This is a long and lasting critical partnership for the region.”