Marine Commandant MGen. Ariel R. Caculitan PN(M) visited the 76th Assault Amphibian Company, Assault Armor Battalion at the Naval Education, Training, and Doctrine Command on August 21, 2021 with Philippine Navy Vice Commander, MGen. Nestor C. Herico PN(M) and Deputy Commandant, BGen. Raul Jesus L. Caldez PN(M).
The 76th Assault Amphibian Company was activated to cater to the newest armor assets of the Philippine Marine Corps, the Amphibious Assault Vehicles (AAV). In 2019, eight KAAV7A1 model AAVs from South Korea’s Hanwha Defense arrived in the Philippines. The AAV acquisition project is under the first horizon of the AFP’s modernization program.
AAV units are distributed to the Marine Amphibious Ready Units forwardly deployed in critical areas as part of the Archipelagic Coastal Defense of the AFP. It is an additional capability for the Corps’ amphibious and littoral maneuvers, ground combat maneuvers, and support to disaster response.
MGen. Caculitan challenged the Company Commander of the 76th Assault Amphibian Company to train with heavy floating machines regularly and step up on the skill level by gaining more experience in amphibious maneuvers.
Available AAVs under the Company will be participating in the DAGIT-PA 2021 and KAMANDAG-5 2021 military exercises in the latter part of the year.