US, PHL Marines practice air assault in Hawaii

Members of Philippine Marine Corps and United States Marin Corps conducted an air-assault rehearsal as part of Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) 2018 exercise in Marine Corps Base Hawaii on July 6.

American, Filipino Marines disembark from a CH-53 Super Stallion helicopter and post security during an air-assault rehearsal as part of Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) exercise on Marine Corps Base Hawaii July 6, 2018. US Marines photo

Philippine Marine Special Operations Group (MARSOG) already partcipated in several drill at RIMPAC 2018 harbor phase including Urban Operations, Amphibious Assault Vehicle Familiarization, Combat Life Saving, Ground-Air Integration, Heliborne Raid Operations, Small Boat Insertion, and Shallow Water Egress.

The Naval Special Operations Group (NAVSOG), on the other hand, already participated in several drill like Fast Rope Insertion and Extraction System (FRIES) Training and Combat Marksmanship Drills.

A total of twenty-five nations, more than 45 ships and submarines, about 200 aircraft, and 25,000 personnel are participating in RIMPAC 2018 from June 27 to August 2 in and around the Hawaiian Islands and Southern California.

US Marines photo

“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 on the world’s oceans. RIMPAC 2018 is the 26th exercise in the series that began in 1971,” the US Navy said.