US warships arrive in Subic for PH, US war games
SUBIC, Zambales – Three warships of the United States Navy arrived here on Wednesday, October 5, to participate in this year's Philippine Amphibious Landing Exercise (PHIBLEX 33) to be held in various areas in Luzon.
The Bonhomme Richard Amphibious Ready Group (BHR ARG) consists of the Wasp-class amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD-6), the San Antonio-class amphibious transport dock USS Green Bay (LPD-20), and the Whidbey Island-class dock landing ship USS Germantown (LSD-42).
About 1,400 US service members based in Okinawa, Japan, and 500 Philippine Armed Forces personnel are joining the war games here.
The exercise is meant to enhance the interoperability and capability of the naval forces of both countries, said Marine Corps Public Affairs Office director Captain Ryan Lacuesta.
Some of the activities are the following:
- Amphibious Landing Exercise on October 7, 2016 at the Naval Education Training Command in San Antonio Zambales
- Combined Live Fire exercise (CALFEX) on October 10, 2016 at the Crow Valley in Tarlac
- Turn-over ceremony of Engineering project at the Palawig Elementary School and San Vicente Elem School on October 11, 2016 at Sta Ana, Cagayan
- Closing Ceremony PHIBLEX33 on October 12, 2016 at the Acero Hall, Headquarters Philippine Marine Corps, Fort Bonifacio, Taguig City.
– Randy Datu/Rappler.com