US and Philippine Marines team up for ambush tactics and martial arts

US Marines have teamed up with Philippine Marines to conduct a class on ambush tactics and practise martial arts during KAMANDAG 6 in the Philippines.

More than 2,500 members of the Armed Forces of the Philippines and the US Marine Corps joined forces for the annual bilateral exercise.

KAMANDAG has been designed to "strengthen interoperability, capabilities, trust, and cooperation built over decades of shared experiences", according to the US Department of Defence.

Meanwhile, 1,400 Japan Ground Self-Defense Force (JGSDF) members and 1,600 US Marines are taking part in Resolute Dragon 22 – the second annual iteration of the exercise.

In total, more than 5,500 personnel are set to take part in the two simultaneous large-scale bilateral exercises launched by the US Marine Corps at the start of October.

KAMANDAG 6 will include combined interoperability events to include a combined arms live-fire exercise in central Luzon featuring aircraft and High Mobility Artillery Rocket Systems (HIMARS) as well as amphibious operations along the eastern and northern coasts.

The exercises are important in maintaining the readiness and defensive capabilities of the US-Philippines and the US-Japan alliances.