US-PH Marine Aviation Support Activity commence in Zambales, Taguig

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The Philippine Marine Corps (PMC) and the US Marine Corps (USC) begin the second phase of the Marine Aviation Support Activity (MASA) in Zambales and Taguig City from July 18 to 22, 2022.

This phase involves training on helicopter rope suspension and aeromedical evacuation that prepares the participants for troop insertion and evacuation during emergencies, including disaster response.

Last June 6-17, demonstrations on combined joint forward arming and refueling and a lecture on unmanned air systems operations were conducted in Palawan as part of the first phase of the activity.

BGen. Raul Jesus L. Caldez PN(M), acting Commandant of the Philippine Marine Corps and Exercise Director of MASA 2022, said that everything is set for this bilateral exercise. He looks forward to the successful conduct of the activity as the PMC and USMC are expected to execute and refine their tactics, techniques, and procedures for interoperability.

Col. Gregorio Hernandez Jr PN(M) (GSC), the Assistant Training Director of MASA 2022, is supervising the event and directing the demonstration of PMC’s aviation capabilities.

MASA 2022 aims to enhance the combined and joint interoperability between Philippine and US marine forces in conducting combined tactical operations and heliborne operations.

It also includes integrated and joint interoperability activities such as coastal defense forward arming and refueling and subject matter exchanges for unmanned aviation systems and engineering with participants from the Naval Air Wing of the Philippine Navy and the Philippine Air Force. — AFP

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