PH Marine Corps get training on amphibious assault vehicle use

PH Marine Corps get training on amphibious assault vehicle use

Our Philippine Marines Corps (PMC) just had a major upgrade capability and experience, thanks to the yearly Balikatan exercises.
Amphibiouslanding exercise was held at the Naval Education Training and Doctrines Command in San Antonio, Zambales. The opportunity to get a first hand look on the capabilities of the American amphibious assault vehicles (AAV) as we wait for our own Korean made amphibious assault vehicles.

US Marine  Corps' Assault Amphibious Vehicle (AAV) which gave the much needed training and familiarization for our own Philippine Marines (photo credit to owner)

"The amphibious operation serial in this year’s iteration of 'Balikatan' was a good opportunity for our PMC to train with the US in the operation of a similar capability," Navy spokesperson, Captain Jonathan Zata said in a message to the Philippine News Agency(PNA) when asked on whether the just-concluded landing exercise is part of ongoing efforts to train the PMC on the operations and maintenance of AAVs.
Zata added that the first four AAVs out of the eight ordered from South Korea will be arriving next month.
"The AAV project is within schedule and projected to arrive within May 2019," the PN spokesperson said.
The Philippine Navy deployed the BRP Ramon Alcaraz (PS-16), BRP Tarlac (LD-601), an AugustaWestland (AW-109) helicopter and contingents from the Naval Special Operations Group, and the Marines Special Operations Group for the sea series of this year's "Balikatan" exercise which started last April 1 and will formally end on Friday, April 12.
These units and assets “will conduct naval maneuvers and live-fire exercises, maritime special operations serials such as VBSS (visit, board, search-and-seizure), gas oil platform recovery, and similar spec-ops combined training". 

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Report from PNA

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