2nd group of PH troops to complete Aussie-led Urban Warfare Training in Dec.

2nd group of PH troops to complete Aussie-led Urban Warfare Training in Dec.



Australia was one of the allies that helped the Armed Forces of the Philippines in its war against the ISIS inspired Maute group in Marawi city.

One of the significant aspect of the assistance they provided was the  timely rely of intelligence reports from the Royal Australian Air Force Orion spy planes that was operating in the area.

 
The help did not stop there, Foreign Minister Julie Bishop of Australia revealed last August that she made the offer of assistance to President Rodrigo Roa Duterte, one of which is that a small contingent of Australian troops will provide training to their Filipino counterparts regarding Urban Warfare.

screen grab from Youtube showing Philippine troops discussing tactics with their Australian counterparts re urban training warfare.
 
This coming December 2, will be the graduation of one of the Philippine military units being trained by the Australian Defence Force in Camp Capinpin, Tanay, Rizal, 2nd Infantry Division commander, Maj. Gen. Rhoderick Parayno, said.
Some 110 troopers from the 1st Infantry Battalion (IB) are participating in the urban warfare training being provided by about 60 ADF personnel, Parayno said, adding that an initial cadre of troops, also from the 1st IB, was also taught the same tactics and techniques last October.
A third batch from the Philippine Marine Corps would be trained on the same combat skills soon, he added.


After completing the course, the Filipino soldiers will in turn train their colleagues so that more Philippine military units would be equipped with knowledge on urban warfare.

Parayno said urban warfare is a new concept for the Philippine military as the Armed Forces has been trained on jungle warfare tactics to deal with insurgents.

"(Urban warfare) is a totally new doctrine dahil while nasa doktrina yung Army, yung military operation on urban terrain, yung tinatawag naming MOUT sa school, hindi masyadong nabibigyan ng emphasis kasi talaga namang ang Army nasa bundok (Urban warfare is a totally new doctrine because while it is included in the Army doctrine, the military operation on urban terrain or MOUT is not given much emphasis as most of the time, the Army troops are in the mountains)," he explained.

 

report from PNA

 

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