US, PHL ships launch amphibious vehicles for assault

Philippine Navy landing platform dock BRP Davao del Sur (LD-602) and United States Navy Whidbey Island-class dock landing ship USS Ashland (LSD-48) deployed Amphibious Assault Vehicles (AAVs) in waters of San Antonio, Zambales.

AAVs from LD602 and LSD48 in formation as they proceed to their assault area. Philippine Navy photo

The deployment of AAVs from ship to shore to simulate an assault is part of the ongoing “Kaagapay Ng Mga Mandirigma Ng Dagat” (KAMANDAG) 2 exercise between Philippines and United States, together with Japan.

The AAVs are operated by US Marines and Amphibious Raid Deployment Brigade of the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force (JGSDF).

“KAMANDAG 2 is a military training exercise led by Philippines between the Armed Forces of the Philippines and U.S. military, along with participants from the Japan Self-Defense Force featuring military-to-military exchanges through various training events, capabilities development training, and humanitarian and civic assistance projects,” the US Navy said.

KAMANDAG 2 will be running until October 10.

First of the four (4) USMC AAVs onboard LD602 splashes through water during the initial AAV launching/recovery operations. Philippine Navy photo