A United States Marines AH-1W Super Cobra helicopter operated with a UH-1Y Huey helicopter during a fire support coordination exercise as part of KAMANDAG 3 at Colonel Ernesto P. Ravina Air Base in Capas, Tarlac on October 13, 2019.
The Super Cobra and Huey helicopters are both assigned to Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron (HMLA) 169 under US Marines 3rd Marine Expeditionary Brigade (3MEB) which is participating in the ongoing KAMANDAG 3.
KAMANDAG is an acronym for the Filipino phrase “Kaagapay Ng Mga Manirigma Ng Dagat,” which translates to “Cooperation of the Warriors of the Sea,” highlighting the partnerships between the U.S. and Philippine militaries.
“As treaty allies, US-Philippine and US-Japanese military collaboration has served as a cornerstone for stability in the Indo-Pacific region for decades, and the US has a continuing commitment in strengthening our longstanding alliances, reinforcing our maritime security efforts and addressing our shared extremist threat,” the US Marines said.
KAMANDAG 3 aims to increase overall Philippine and US readiness, improve combined responsiveness to crises in the Indo-Pacific region, and strengthen both countries’ decades-long partnership.