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AFP holds multi-service amphibious exercise along Subic coast

GMA News Online logo GMA News Online 9/21/2019 Manalo, Danny
a group of people riding on top of a hill: Philippine marines with the Joint Rapid Reaction Force (JRRF), conduct an amphibious landing utilizing Philippine logistical navy ships to seize a scenario-based objective as part of Exercise Balikatan 2016, in Antique, Philippines, April 11, 2016. The JRRF, compiled of U.S. and Philippine forces, have worked together during the exercise to test their capabilities, maintain a high level of interoperability and to enhance combined combat readiness. Balikatan, which means "shoulder to shoulder" in Filipino, is an annual bilateral training exercise aimed at improving the ability of Philippine and U.S. military forces to work together during planning, contingency and humanitarian assistance and disaster relief operations. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Hilda M. Becerra / Released) © US Marines Philippine marines with the Joint Rapid Reaction Force (JRRF), conduct an amphibious landing utilizing Philippine logistical navy ships to seize a scenario-based objective as part of Exercise Balikatan 2016, in Antique, Philippines, April 11, 2016. The JRRF, compiled of U.S. and Philippine forces, have worked together during the exercise to test their capabilities, maintain a high level of interoperability and to enhance combined combat readiness. Balikatan, which means "shoulder to shoulder" in Filipino, is an annual bilateral training exercise aimed at improving the ability of Philippine and U.S. military forces to work together during planning, contingency and humanitarian assistance and disaster relief operations. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Hilda M. Becerra / Released)

The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) announced on Saturday that they conducted a multi-service, ship-to-shore operation along the Zambales' Subic Bay coast.

According to a statement released by AFP, the amphibious exercise was one of the main joint interoperability exercises conducted under the AFP Joint Exercise (AJEX) Dagat-Langit-Lupa (DAGIT-PA).

Launched in September 16, AJEX DAGIT-PA aimed to enhance the cooperation of the Philippine Navy, Philippine Air Force, and Philippine Army during joint operations.

"The amphibious exercise is an opportunity to enhance our proficiency in sea to land operations utilizing our new amphibious assault vehicles (AAVs)," explained the amphibious landing force's commander, Lieutenant  Colonel Henry Espinosa. "It seeks to develop our skills, techniques, and capabilities during rapid deployment of troops from ship to shore whether under hazardous circumstances or during natural disasters or hostile enemy actions."

According to the statement, the operation demonstrated the military's ability to seize a littoral objective in a scenario in which they need to retake an island.

The exercise was also an opportunity for the military to use its four new AAVs, which were among the eight amphibious vehicles acquired from the South Korean defense manufacturer Hanwha Techwin.

The Philippine Marine Corps launched the AAVs from the BRP Tarlac (LD-601), and BRP Davao del Sur (LD-602).

More than 1,500 servicemen participated in the joint exercise.

Several other AJEX events also focused on the developing capabilities in maritime security, military operations in urban terrain, and amphibious operations. — Joahna Lei Casilao/DVM, GMA News

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