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Bilateral Amphibious Landing Exercise set to begin in Philippines

4 Sep 2013 | Courtesy Story

MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP S.D. BUTLER, OKINAWA, Japan - Approximately 2,300 U.S. and Philippine service members will meet for three weeks of bilateral air-ground and amphibious training as well as a staff planning exercise during Amphibious Landing Exercise 2014 (PHIBLEX 14) in the Republic of the Philippines Sept. 18 - Oct. 11. 

PHIBLEX 14 is designed to improve interoperability, increase readiness and enhance the ability to respond to natural disasters or other regional contingencies. PHIBLEX will also enhance local infrastructure and quality of life and build upon vibrant professional and personal relationships between Philippine and U.S. Marines.

The bilateral Philippine-U.S. Marine Corps training, consisting of a staff planning exercise, field training exercises and humanitarian and civic assistance projects, sustains and reinforces the foundation and framework for a bilateral force to respond rapidly and effectively to regional humanitarian crises.

The staff planning exercise will increase the capability to conduct bilateral maritime security and territorial defense operations. The field training exercises will provide the Philippine and U.S. Marine units an opportunity to maintain their unit skill sets while sharing best practices and enhancing an already high level of interoperability. Additionally, Philippine and U.S. forces will carry out a series of humanitarian and civic assistance projects that will include engineering civic assistance projects (ENCAP), to improve local infrastructure, and cooperative health engagements, to share medical best practices and meet the medical needs of Filipino citizens.

Media interested in covering PHIBLEX 2014 should email OkinawaPAO@usmc.mil before 8 a.m., Sept. 6. Please include in the email, full name, position (i.e. reporter, cameraman, etc.), agency, citizenship, a digital passport-size photo, scanned passport (page with photo), what events your agency would like to cover, mailing address, email address and cell phone number of each media member interested in attending. For questions, call +81-98-970-9422.

Members of the media are welcome to cover the following events (dates may change): 

Wednesday, Sept. 18: Opening Ceremony, followed by the viewing of an amphibious offload of a ship, at Naval Station Leovigildo Gantioqui in San Antonio, Zambales

Date not confirmed, please indicate interest: Company-level combined arms live-fire exercise (CALFEX) at Crow Valley Range Complex aboard Camp O'Donnell, Capas, Tarlac

Friday, Sept. 27: ENCAP/cooperative health engagement/community relations engagement familiarization in Legazpi, Albay

Thursday, Oct. 3: Heavy equipment maintenance subject matter expert exchange at Marine Barracks Rudiardo Brown, Fort Bonifacio in Taguig City, Metro Manila

Saturday, Oct. 5: Bilateral aviation static display at Clark Air Field in Pampanga

Monday, Oct 7: Squad-level infantry tactics at Naval Station Leovigildo Gantioqui in San Antonio, Zambales

Thursday, Oct. 10: Martial arts exchange at Naval Station Leovigildo Gantioqui in San Antonio, Zambales

Thursday, Oct. 10: ENCAP dedication ceremony at Legazpi, Albay

Friday, Oct. 11: Closing Ceremony at Marine Barracks Rudiardo Brown, Fort Bonifacio in Taguig City, Metro Manila