The Philippine Marine Corps (PMC) elements in Palawan, from January 27 to February 2, 2022, took part in MAREX22, a combined PH-US Marine Forces bilateral and near-simultaneous amphibious operation exercise aimed at developing PH-US Marine Forces’ capabilities on amphibious operations in support of counter-terrorism, internal security operations, and humanitarian assistance and disaster response (HADR).
MAREX22 is an annual joint military exercise between the Philippine and United States Marine Corps (USMC). It is an interoperability training that aims to strengthen the PMC and USMC forces’ amphibious operations and CTO. It is also a humanitarian exercise operation, with local government units in WESCOM JAO participating in the HADR execution.
Only 340 AFP personnel and 500 US forces members will take part in the drill due to health and safety concerns. With the present scenario brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic, the MAREX22 PH will be modified to correspond to the Philippine government’s health and safety standards.
Above all, this simulation demonstrates no offensive military activities with West Philippine Sea problems. It is a knowledge and skill exchange between two Marine Corps Forces to ensure smooth cooperation.