Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Amphibious landing capability also a life saver during disasters

From the Philippine News Agency (Oct 5): Amphibious landing capability also a life saver during disasters

Aside from its military applications, amphibious landings can also save lives during disasters.

"This landing is not just about projecting power from sea to shore, it is about growing a capability; a capability that has saved lives during times of crisis. This unique amphibious acumen has enabled our combined forces to bring in water, medical supplies and relief whether by helicopter or landing craft," US 3rd Marine Expeditionary Brigade commander Brig. Gen. John Jansen said.

He made this statement during the opening day of the 33rd iteration Philippine Amphibious Landing Exercise (PHIBLEX) Tuesday.

"The relationship building and capability enhancement serves as the absolute bedrock during a natural disaster thus allowing for our combined efforts to preserve life to be complementary and timely response in hours versus days equates to saved lives," Jansen added.

This concept was proven when typhoon 'Haiyan' (Yolanda) made landfall in Guiuan, Eastern Samar on November 8, 2013.

"Within four hours, Ospreys from Marine Corps Air Station Futenma in Okinawa, arrived to support the humanitarian assistance and disaster relief operations. The MV-22s evacuated more than 1,200 people while delivering over 20 tons of supplies none of which would have been possible without the Philippine Government and military’s fast actions, and the practice we all receive during exercises.

Our forces have come together again and again, in 2013 for the Bohol Earthquake and typhoon Bopha, typhoon Washi in 2011, typhoon Frank in 2008, and typhoon Reming in 2006," Jansen stressed.

PHIBLEX started on Tuesday and will end on October 12. It will take place in various areas in Luzon and Palawan.

Around 1,400 American military personnel and 500 Filipino troops will take part in the eight-day event.


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