Filipino and American troops conducted a sea-to-land landing exercise on May 9 at the Naval Education and Training Command, Naval Station Leovigildo Gantioqui, San Antonio, Zambales. The said amphibious exercise (AMPHIBEX) was held under Exercise Balikatan 2018.
According to Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Northern Luzon Command (NOLCOM) commander Lieutenant General Emmanuel Salamat, also the Balikatan exercise director for Philippines side, 80 Filipino and 160 American troops, Tarlac-class landing platform dock BRP Davao Del Sur (LD-602), BRP Ramon Alcaraz (FF-16), and three American amphibious assault vehicles participated in the AMPHIBEX.
“Amphibious training is an important part of ‘Balikatan’ exercise as it enhances the capabilities of both the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and US Armed Forces during operations from sea to land,” Lieutenant General Salamat said.
“One of the goals of this exercise is to improve rapid deployment and inter-operability of forces during military operations in a hostile shore,” he added.
The US Navy said by training together in events like AMPHIBEX the American and Filipino troops build upon shared tactics, techniques and procedures that enhance readiness and response capabilities during real-world challenges, to include disaster response efforts during operations ashore.
Balikatan 2018 officially started May 7 and will end on May 18.