As part of Exercise Balikatan 2015, American and Filipino marine troopers took part in an amphibious assault exercise today at the North Beach training area in Naval Education and Training Command, Naval Station Leovigildo Gantioqui in San Antonio, Zambales. 400 American marines and 200 elements from Philippine Marine Corps participated in the said activity.
The scenario was a fictional enemy ‘Calabanians’ invaded a Philippine territory after a falling out. After an hour-long exercise the allied forces defeated the enemy in series of engagements.
PHL-US marines used 20 amphibious assault vehicles (AAVs) and supported by Huey combat utility helicopters and Cobra gunships.
“Amphibious assaults are considered to be among the Marines’ primary capabilities and this exercise will be a good test of how our own amphibious units could team up with their U.S. counterparts in staging a crucial vessel-to-shore operation,” AFP-Public Information Officer for Balikatan 2015 Lt. Col. Marlowe E. Patria said.
Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin, Visiting Forces Agreement Commission Executive Director Eduardo Oban, AFP Chief-of-Staff General Gregorio Pio Catapang Jr. were observing during the exercise.