The Amphibious Assault Vehicles (AAV) of the Philippine Marine Corps successfully landed for the first time in the Naval Forces Western Mindanao Command (NFWMC), Naval Station Romulo Espaldon, Zamboanga, on October 21, 2021.
The 2nd Platoon of AAVs from the 76th Assault Amphibian Company of the Assault Armor Battalion is now officially with the Marine Amphibious Ready Unit (MARU) for its second tour. This is the first time the AAVs have visited the southern Philippines since their arrival in 2019.
The ceremonial landing was witnessed by the NFWMC Commander, Rear Adm. Toribio D. Adaci Jr. PN, Deputy Chief of Fleet Operation Capt. Alan M. Javier PN(GSC), and the Deputy Chief of Marine Operation, Col. Adolfo B. Albalate PN(M)(GSC). Lt. Col. Clifford Nicanor P. Basco PN(M), Deputy Commander of 9MBn/MARU, led the execution of the amphibious landing, which was a simulation for the upcoming PAGSISIKAP Exercise 2021 on October 25, 2021. As part of the Archipelagic Coastal Defense Strategy, the exercise aims to maintain Fleet-Marine operations in the littoral battlespace.
The AAVs will also serve as maneuver force assets in the areas of Zamboanga, Basilan, Sulu, and Tawi-Tawi assisting government troops in their operations.