US warships arrive in Subic for PH, US war games

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US warships arrive in Subic for PH, US war games
Up to 1,400 US service members based in Okinawa and 500 Filipino soldiers participate in the 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.

LANDING SHIPS. The dock landing ship USS Germantown (right) and the assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard occupy the length of the Alava Pier in the Subic Bay Freeport on Wednesday. The ships, along with USS Green Bay, are in port for replenishment before participating in the ongoing war maneuver between the Philippines and the United States.

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

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