Two US Navy ships arrive at Subic to participate in the upcoming Amphibious Landing Exercise (Phiblex) 15 to be held September 29 to October 10. Approximately 5,000 Marines and Navy troops from US and PHL will participate.
USS Peleliu (LHA-5), Tarawa-class amphibious assault ship, arrived at Subic Bay Freeport Saturday, September 27 together with USS Germantown (LSD-42) a Whidbey Island-class dock landing ship.
Peleliu carries six AV-8B Harrier attack planes and dozens of attack and transport helicopters. While the Germantown carries a number of Landing Craft Air Cushion (LCAC).
A Landing Craft Air Cushion is 47 feet long and can transport
weapons systems, equipment, cargo and personnel from ship to shoreline.
“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 said earlier this month.
“It’s to improve inter-operability and combat readiness of the participating forces and of course enhance security cooperation in the region.”
Exercises will be held at Subic Bay, Clark Air Field and in West Philippine Sea.