KAMANDAG 2 – PH-US Military Drills Will Start this Month

Published on October 1, 2018 by

The drills, which are officially set to begin in early October, are part of an effort by the two treaty allies to continue the defense cooperation. Kamandag is a multilateral exercise in the Indo-pacific region between the U.S. Japan and the Philippines.

Kamandag 2 is a humanitarian and counter-terrorism exercise conducted to better prepare the nations to deal with threats both natural and terror based.

The designation KAMANDAG, an acronym for the Tagalog phrase “Kaagapay Ng Mga Mandirigma Ng Dagat,” which translates in English roughly to “Alongside the Warriors of the Sea,” is meant to highlight the partnership between the Filipino and United States militaries.

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