PH, US military hold joint marine aviation support activity

Published July 15, 2019, 6:55 PM

by Francine Ciasico

By Roy Mabasa 

Members of the United States Marines and aircraft from Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 262 and the Third Battalion and the Okinawa-based Sixth Marine Regiment will be partnering with soldiers of the Armed Forces of the (AFP) for the conduct of a 10-day Marine Aviation Support Activity (MASA) 19.2 in the country.

The semi-annual US-Philippine military exercise will focus on mutual defense, counterterrorism, and humanitarian assistance and disaster relief, and will take place in the Philippines from July 15 to 25.

The second of its kind to be held this year, the MASA 19.2 focuses on building interoperability and enhancing the capabilities of both the AFP and US armed forces.

Philippine and US service members will conduct cooperation and interoperability training consistent with the Mutual Defense Treaty and Visiting Forces Agreement.

In a statement, the US Embassy in Manila said military training exercises like MASA “allow the U.S. to strengthen our longstanding security alliance with our friends, partners, and allies in the Philippines.”

Early this year, members of the 1st Marine Air Wing, 3D Marine Division, the Philippine Marine Corps and the Philippine Air Force successfully completed the 24 days of bilateral training and increased interoperability during the Marine Aviation Support Activity (MASA) 19.1 held at Basa Air Base, Naval Education Training Center (NETC), and Marine Base Gregorio Lim (MGBL).