US, Philippines to begin this year’s Philippine Amphibious Landing Exercise in Luzon

Manila, September 18, 2015 — U.S. Marines and Sailors of the 3d Marine Expeditionary Brigade (3d MEB), the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) and the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) will be participating in the 31st iteration of the Philippine Amphibious Landing Exercise (PHIBLEX) 2016, 21 September to 9 October, in Luzon.

The Philippine lead exercise will continue to enhance the interoperability between the U.S. Marine air-ground task force and the AFP with the goal of improving our bilateral response to regional issues and maritime security crises within the Asia-Pacific.

PHIBLEX 16 will include approximately 650 U.S. service members based in Okinawa, Japan and Philippine Sailors and Marines working side-by-side to conduct a command post exercise, field training exercises, amphibious operations, combined arms training, civil-military operations and humanitarian and civic assistance projects.

The command post exercise, in Palawan, will increase the AFP’s capability to conduct planning for and execution of bilateral maritime operations. The field training exercises in the vicinity of Angeles-Clark, to include small arms and artillery live-fire training, will provide the Philippine and U.S. Marine units multiple opportunities to maintain and improve their unit skill sets while sharing best practices and enhancing an already high level of interoperability.

The humanitarian and civic assistance projects in Palawan will include engineering civic action projects, to improve local infrastructure, cooperative health engagements and to share medical best practices to meet the medical needs of Philippine citizens. The humanitarian and civic assistance projects support the needs and humanitarian interests of the Philippine people.

Bilateral Philippine-U.S. military training opportunities such as PHIBLEX 16 sustain our strong foundation of interoperability and strengthen our working relationships across the range of military operations — from disaster relief to complex expeditionary operations. All portions of PHIBLEX will also play a major role in preparation for the upcoming large scale exercise, Balikatan to take place next year.#