US, PHL, Japan ‘sea warriors’ to sharpen joint responsiveness

American and Filipino Marines, together with amphibious units from the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force, will be conducting a 10-day training in the Philippines to jointly improve skills in counter terrorism and humanitarian assistance and disaster relief (HADR).

“In collaboration with the Armed Forces of the Philippines, 3D Marine Expeditionary Brigade, along with participants from the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force, will conduct KAMANDAG 2 from Oct. 1-10, 2018, at multiple locations on the island of Luzon, Philippines,” the US military said.

KAMANDAG stands for “Kaagapay Ng Mga Mandirigma Ng Dagat” or “Alongside the Warriors of the Sea”.

KAMANDAG 2, a Philippines-led exercise, aims to conduct military exchanges between Philippine, Japanese and US forces that will enhance cooperation and interoperability between all three militaries.

“Military service members from all three countries will work together in order to develop improved techniques and procedures, enabling them to learn and grow both tactically and culturally,” the US military added.

“KAMANDAG 2 will increase overall Philippine, Japanese and U.S. readiness, improve combined responsiveness to crises in the Indo-Pacific region, and further reinforce our decades-long partnerships,” the US military noted.