The United States Embassy in Manila today reported the joint training conducted by personnel from Assault Armor Battalion of Philippine Marines and Combat Assault Battalion of US Marines 3rd Marine Division held July 11 to 26 at Camp Schwab, Okinawa, Japan.
Filipino and American Marines joint training was first reported late July.
The training involved utilization of Amphibious Assault Vehicles. This is the first time members of the Armed Forces of the Philippines trained on a US military base.
“During this training, Philippine Marines learned different amphibious skills such as hand signaling, egress training, and water operations. They also familiarized themselves with maintenance procedures, logistical planning, and facility capabilities,” the US Embassy said.
“This training benefits both forces moving forward as they continue to work together during exercises such as Kamandag this October to bolster Philippine amphibious capability and combined security operations,” the embassy added.
In April 2016, it was reported that Hanwha Techwin, previously Samsung Techwin, was declared as the winning bidder for the Department of National Defense’s Amphibious Assault Vehicle (AAV) acquisition project.
8 AAVs are expected to be delivered in 2018. These assault vehicles can be housed and deployed at sea by Philippine Navy’s two Tarlac-class landing platform docks.
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