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Australia enhances HADR interoperability with Philippine Marine Corps

23 October 2017
Landing craft hosting ADF and PMC personnel conducting a combined landing exercise from HMAS in Subic Bay. Source: Commonwealth of Australia

Key Points

  • The Royal Australian Navy has conducted a beach landing exercise from its amphibious warship with the Philippine Marine Corps for the first time
  • Exercise improves the forces’ ability to interoperate, and to jointly respond to humanitarian incidents

The Royal Australian Navy (RAN) has concluded a humanitarian assistance and disaster relief (HADR) interoperability exercise, during which the service hosted troops and vehicles from the Philippine Marine Corps (PMC) onboard its landing helicopter dock (LHD) platform for the first time.

The four-day drills took place from 18 October in Subic Bay outside Manila, and involved the RAN’s second Canberra-class LHD, HMAS Adelaide (L01), amphibious mechanised landing craft from the Australian Army, and a delegation of 88 personnel and five trucks from the PMC.

Troops and vehicles from the Australian Defence Force (ADF) and the PMC embarked on Adelaide , subsequently conducting a combined landing exercise via the ADF’s landing craft. The landing craft flotilla was escorted by a squadron of riverine patrol boats from the PMC.

Major Charlie Domingo Junior, head of the PMC’s Marine Corps Training Center, said that the exercise had acquainted his troops with the capabilities of the Canberra class, and had improved upon the PMC’s tactics, techniques, and procedures.

“This will greatly help us in the potential event that we will do [an] actual HADR operation with the Australian Defence Force in the future,” said Maj Domingo, in a video clip released by the Australian Department of Defence to commemorate the exercise.

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