US-PH marines conduct joint assault discussion

September 07, 2019

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.