USS Germantown arrives in Subic Bay for PHIBLEX

October 19, 2011 10:03 pm 

MANILA, Oct. 19 — The forward-deployed amphibious dock landing ship USS Germantown (LSD 42) is due to arrive at the Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority in Zambales on October 22 for Amphibious Landing Exercise (PHIBLEX), the United States embassy said.

PHIBLEX is a bilateral training exercise with Marines of the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), Essex Amphibious Ready Group (ARG) Sailors and units from the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP).

The exercise is designed to improve interoperability of forces and operational readiness through exercises such as peacekeeping operations and humanitarian assistance missions through high-intensity combat.

“The U.S. and the Philippines have had a long standing relationship for many years,” said Capt. Bradley Lee, commodore, Amphibious Squadron 11. “Our participation in PHIBLEX will demonstrate our commitment to mutual security and our long time partnership with the Republic of the Philippines.”

Germantown will offload the Marines and their equipment to begin the start of the exercise shortly after they arrive in SBMA.

The Essex ARG consists of the forward-deployed amphibious assault ship USS Essex (LHD 2), the amphibious transport dock ship USS Denver (LPD 9) and the amphibious dock landing ship USS Germantown (LSD 42). (PNA)

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