Japanese Forces at Amphibious Vehicle Well Deck Operations During Kamandag 2

Published on October 13, 2018 by

SUBIC BAY, Republic of the Philippines Marines, attached to the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), and Marines from the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force (JGSDF) Amphibious Rapid Deployment Brigade (ARDB) conduct AAV-P7/A1 assault amphibious vehicle operations with the amphibious dock landing ship USS Ashland (LSD 48) as part of a training exercise for KAMANDAG 2.

KAMANDAG 2 is a military training exercise led by Philippines between the Armed Forces of the Philippines and U.S. military, along with participants from the Japan Self-Defense Force featuring military-to-military exchanges through various training events, capabilities development training, and humanitarian and civic assistance projects. KAMANDAG is an acronym for the Filipino phrase “Kaagapay Ng Mga Mandirigma Ng Dagat,” which translates to “Cooperation of Warriors of the Sea,” highlighting the partnership between the Philippine and United States Militaries.

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