2000 US marines coming to PH to enhance response ability

“We would like to come up with amphibious units that will have the capability to contribute to our national maneuver force, that’s why we train our marines,” Naval Public Affairs Office chief Lt. Cmdr. Marideth Domingo.

“It’s to improve inter-operability and combat readiness of the participating forces and of course enhance security cooperation in the region,” Domingo added.

Approximately 2000 United States troops will come to Philippines to train along with hundreds of Filipino Marines. Dubbed as Amphibious Landing Exercise (Phiblex), the training and exercises will be held at Subic Bay, Clark Air Field and in West Philippine Sea.

Phiblex will run from September 29 to October 10. The activity aims to improve inter-operability, increase readiness and enhance the ability to respond to natural disasters or other regional contingencies.

It also aims to enhance local infrastructure and quality of life and build upon vibrant professional and personal relationships between Philippine and U.S. Marines.

Phiblex – a bilateral Philippine-U.S. Marine Corps training – includes staff planning exercise, field training exercises and humanitarian and civic assistance projects.