Lt. Col. Jesse Cerbo, operations officer of 3rd Marine Brigade said during the closing ceremony of Cooperation Afloat Readiness Training (CARAT), “For 20 years of CARAT, every year we have to level up, particularly this year that we have bigger participation, because we anticipate our acquisition of amphibious assault vehicles.”
“As marines, that is our corps competency and we need to improve that and this exercise gives us an opportunity to be able to straighten it,” Cerbo added.
“What we wanted to know are new tactics, techniques and procedures especially on amphibious operation,” he said.
Department of National Defense is in the later stage of acquiring eight brand new amphibious assault vehicles with South Korea’s Samsung Techwin as sole bidder.
During the CARAT 2014 US and Philippine Marines have undergone in landing craft air cushions (LCACs) and amphibious assault vehicles (AAVs) operations to simulate shoreline attacks from a navy ship. This part according to US troops is one of their few favorites.
“CARAT Philippines 2014 has been the most complex CARAT ever undertaken between our two navies,” said Capt. Paul Schlise, commander, Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 7.
“The at-sea operations were a specific highlight and re-affirmed the ability of our navies to operate seamlessly together in a variety of challenging scenarios focused on shared maritime interests and safeguarding freedom of the maritime commons in this important region,” said Schlise.