Army cross-trains with Indonesian, Malaysian forces

The Philippine Army is continuously strengthening defense ties with allies and other foreign armed forces. “The Philippine Army strengthens its defense ties with the Malaysian and Indonesian armies with the conduct of two separate cross-training activities this month focusing on interoperability and counterinsurgency operations,” the Army said in a statement today.

Currently, twenty personnel from Philippine Army’s Special Forces Regiment (Airborne) are in Indonesia for the Training Activity DOLPHINE at the headquarters of Komando Pasukan Khusus (KOPASSUS) in Bandung, Indonesia. DOLPHINE started August 24 and will end September 6.

“The Training Activity DOLPHINE is a yearly bilateral training activity that focuses on the exchange of information, and techniques, tactics and procedures in the conduct of counter-insurgency operations,” the Army said.

A bilateral exercise, Training Activity Land Malaysia-Philippines (MALPHI), between the Army and its Malaysian counterpart is scheduled on September 9 to 21 at the Peacekeeping Operations Center (PKOC) in Camp O’Donnell, Capas, Tarlac.

“MALPHI aims to enhance the long standing professional relationship and cooperation between the two armies,” said Col. Jose C. Faustino Jr., the Army’s Assistant Chief of Staff for Training and Education, G8.

“The Philippine Army will continue to participate in international defense and security engagements that will not only enhance our military relations with allied and other foreign armed forces, but also provide impetus for capability development,” Army Chief Lt. Gen. Eduardo M Año said in his command guidance.