US Navy Commander very impressed with Philippine Marines

United States-Philippines Amphibious Landing Exercise (PHIBLEX) has ended October 9. PHIBLEX is an annual, bilateral training exercise conducted by US Navy and Marine forces with the Armed Forces of the Philippines in order to strengthen the interoperability and working relationships across the range of military operations – from disaster relief to complex expeditionary operations.

The US side sent the amphibious dock landing ship USS Germantown (LSD 42) for the said exercise.

“I am very impressed with the professionalism and expertise of the AFP Marines. These exercises gave us the opportunity to continue building our partnership and increase our interoperability for responding to humanitarian and disaster relief efforts in the region,” said USS Germantown commanding officer Commander Gary Harrington.

“This is my third year participating in this exercise and the blue-green team once again excelled, galvanizing our partnership with the AFP,” he added.

US Navy Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Will Gaskill said USS Germantown’s maritime role in this exercise lasted one week. During this timeframe, AFP and US Marines practiced combined amphibious exercises while based aboard Germantown. Ship-based amphibious assault vehicle launches to conduct beach assault exercises, and various shore-based military training evolutions were executed, including field training exercises and humanitarian/civic assistance operations.