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Japan, Philippine navies flex new amphibious capabilities at drills with US

08 October 2018

Key Points

  • Armed forces of Japan, the Philippines, and the United States have demonstrated their joint amphibious assault capabilities at a military exercise
  • Drills have been designed to further enhance amphibious interoperability between the three countries

Japan and the Philippines have each demonstrated their newly acquired amphibious assault capabilities at a recent naval drill with the US Navy (USN).

The capabilities were demonstrated at Exercise ‘Kaagapay Ng Mga Mandirigma Ng Dagat (Kamandag) 2’, which began on 2 October at Subic Bay. ‘Kamandag’ is a bilateral Philippine-led military training activity with the US, but the exercise this year includes the participation from Japan for the first time; more specifically, the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force (JGSDF) deployed troops and amphibious assault vehicles (AAVs) from its newly established Amphibious Rapid Deployment Brigade (ARDB) for the drills.

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