US Navy introduces the Rolling Airframe Missile to Philippine Navy

Members of Philippine Navy were shown by the United States Navy how the RIM-116 Rolling Airframe Missile operates. Aboard the USS Fort Worth (LCS 3) in Puerto Princesa, Palawan – Fire Controlman 1st Class Gary Dagdagan discussed the operations of the Rolling Airframe Missile with members of the Philippine Navy yesterday, June 22.

RIM-116 Rolling Airframe Missile (RAM) is a lightweight, infrared homing surface-to-air missile.

The said weapon familiarization is part of Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training (CARAT) Philippines 2015. CARAT Philippines 2015 had a soft opening last week, June 18 and was formally yesterday.

Filipino and American sailors will also take part in joint gunnery exercises, helicopter crash and salvage drills, deck-landing qualifications, visit, board, search-and-seizure and weapon system training.

CARAT 2015 public affairs officer Lt. Liezl M. Vidallon said the joint maritime training aims “strengthen both navies’ combined capabilities in amphibious operations, special operations, surface warfare, and modern naval warfare; enhance information sharing; and will promote relationship and goodwill.”

The Philippine Navy and Japan Maritime Self Defense Force are also conducting joint maritime engagement. Engagement with JMSDF will focus on humanitarian assistance and disaster response, maritime search-and-rescue, and maritime situational awareness training and cooperation.