UNITED States Marines from the 3rd Marine Division, III Marine Expeditionary Force, conducted an Assault Amphibious Vehicle an expert discussion with the Philippine Marine Corps and Navy to further develop a shared understanding of amphibious operations.
The exchange was conducted in preparation for the annual bilateral military exercise Kamandag 3.
This marks a milestone in the relationship between the U.S. Marine Corps, Philippine Marine Corps, and Philippine Navy.
The activity allowed for increased opportunities for future interoperability training in the Indo-Pacific region.
It is the first time the Philippine Marine Corps launched their AAVs from a Philippine Navy amphibious ship and transited from ship to shore.
4th Marine Regiment AAV platoon commander 1st Lt. Malcolm Dunlop said the event reflected its benefits to the US - Philippine relationship.
“This subject matter expert exchange is an invaluable opportunity for us to coordinate and train with our Philippine Marine Corps and Navy partners for Kamandag 3 and other future operations,” said Dunlop.