American, Filipino Marines start regular amphibious landing training

Amphibious Landing Exercise (PHIBLEX) 16 between United State and Philippine marines was formally opened today at Marine Barracks Rudiardo Brown, Naval Station Bonifacio, Fort Bonifacio, Taguig City. Opening ceremony was conducted 9 am today and will last until October 9. Humanitarian and civic assistance projects in Palawan for PHIBLEX 16 was started September 21.

Naval Inspector General Major General Alexander F. Balutan, Philippine Marine Ready Force head Colonel Nathaniel Y. Casem and US 3rd Marine Expeditionary Brigade commander Brigadier General Paul J. Kennedy were present during the said ceremony.

Drills for PHIBLEX 16 will be conducted in Ternate, Cavite; Crow Valley, Tarlac; and in San Antonio, Zambales which will include command post exercise, field training exercises, amphibious operations and combined arms training.

PHIBLEX 16 is the 32nd iteration of the bilateral exercise participated by Filipino and American Marine units.

“These exercises will seek to advance the Philippines and United States’ military to military relationship and improve the interoperability capability of our troops together with their American counterparts,” Philippine Marine Corps (PMC) spokesperson Captain Jerber Belonio said.

Captain Belonio added that “this exercise will further enhance the capabilities of our troops in amphibious operations and develop the amphibious component of the national maneuver force.” with PNA