US Marines bring Cobra attack helicopter to Philippines for KAMANDAG

The United States Marines 3rd Marine Expeditionary Brigade (3MEB) has brought their Cobra attack helicopter under Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron (HMLA) 169 for KAMANDAG 2019.

U.S. Marines with Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron (HMLA) 169 conduct flight operations during exercise KAMANDAG 3 at Subic Bay, Philippines, Oct. 10, 2019. US Marines photo

On October 13, a US Marines AH-1W Super Cobra helicopter operated alongside a US Marines UH-1Y Huey helicopter during a fire support coordination exercise as part of KAMANDAG 3 at Colonel Ernesto P. Ravina Air Base.

KAMANDAG “Kaagapay Ng Mga Manirigma Ng Dagat”, which translates to “Cooperation of the Warriors of the Sea,” is a Philippine-led military training exercise between the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and US forces joined by Japan Ground Self Defense Force members focusing on combined interoperability events, capabilities development activities, and humanitarian and civic assistance projects from 09 to 18 October 2019.

KAMANDAG helps participating forces maintain a high level of readiness and enhances combined military-to-military relations, interoperability, and multinational coordination.

Activities for KAMANDAG 2019 involves 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.

It 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.