Philippines and Australia will be conducting two joint military exercises in September and October to be held in Australia and Philippines respectively. Personnel from Special Operations Commands (SOCOM) of both the Philippine and Australian Army will be participating in the said exercises, the Philippine Army said in a statement.
Exercise ‘Dusk’ Caracha 2015, to be held September 15 to 26, will be held in Perth, Western Australia. The Army will be sending 25 personnel from the Light Reaction Regiment (LRR), SOCOM.
“Exercise ‘Dusk’ Caracha aims to enhance the counter-terrorist skills and capabilities of the Philippine Army’s Light Reaction Regiment utilizing the training facilities of the Special Air Service Regiment in Australia,” the Army said. It will also include closed-quarter battle training, sniper skills development training, and unit collective training.
Meanwhile, Exercise ‘Dawn’ Caracha 2015 will be held in Fort Magsaysay, Nueva Ecija on October 19 to 30. Australian Army will be sending 15 personnel.
“Exercise ‘Dawn’ Caracha is an annual army-to-army exercise between the Special Air Service Regiment, SOCOM, Australia and the SOCOM, Philippine Army which aims to enhance the interoperability between the Special Forces units of both countries,” the Army said.