USS Germantown Strengthens Skills in PHIBLEX

The amphibious dock landing ship USS Germantown (LSD 42) wrapped up a series of strategic amphibious exercises with the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) as part of the Amphibious Landing Exercise (PHIBLEX).

Major Ben Reid, Commander of Special Forces Marine Air Ground Task Force (MAGTF) of the 2nd Battalion, 3rd Marines, embarked aboard Germantown during the ship’s fall patrol, said:

Our Navy-Marine Corps team is very well integrated at this point, having completed several exercises during this deployment.

The U.S. and Philippine armed forces have 31 previous PHIBLEX iterations behind them.

USS Germantown’s maritime role in this exercise lasted one week. During this timeframe, AFP and U.S. Marines practiced combined amphibious exercises while based aboard Germantown. Ship-based amphibious assault vehicle launches to conduct beach assault exercises, and various shore-based military training evolutions were executed, including field training exercises and humanitarian/civic assistance operations.

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