One hundred Philippine Marines and thirty US Marines conducted a beach assault exercise in San Antonio, Zambales last Sunday, October 5. The activity is part of mechanized amphibious assault operation exercise of PHIBLEX 15.
Marine Corps Public Affairs Office Director 1st Lt. Jerber Anthony Belonio of Philippine Navy said five Amphibious Assault Vehicles (AAV) were deployed from USS Germantown (LSD-42) a Whidbey Island-class dock landing ship. “The marines have shown their superior operational capability through effective utilization of vehicles and manpower and the timely deployment of troops.”
Two hours after hitting the beach, the marines declared the entire beach is secured.
PHL and US Marines, in a simulated scenario last week, seized Arricife Island in Narra, Palawan. Two Harrier jets provided the raiding team with close-air support. Nineteen rubber boats were utilized for the said simulated mission.
PHIBLEX 15 aims to strengthen partnership and relationship between PHL and US troops. “We’re hoping to gain new techniques from the U.S. marine corps. If they have new doctrines, we’ll be able to learn from them,” Palawan-based 3rd Marine Brigade spokesperson Captain Reyson Talingdan.
Currently, Department of National Defense is on the process of procuring eigth brand new amphibious assault vehicles.