From Update Philippines (Jun 20): US, PH navies launch joint training program ‘Sama-Sama’
United States and Philippines naval forces launched Maritime Training Activity Sama-Sama (together) this year. Activities for the said joint training started June 19 ending on the 25th and will be held in the vicinity of Cebu.
Maritime Training Activity Sama-Sama aims to enhance the complexity and diversity of training opportunities, while strengthening the longstanding alliance between the U.S. and the Republic of the Philippines, the US Navy said.
US assets participating are Independence-class littoral combat ship USS Coronado (LCS 4), Spearhead-class expeditionary fast transport USNS Millinocket (T-EPF 3), and a P-8 Poseidon aircraft.
“Marines assigned to the III Marine Expeditionary Force, Navy Seabees, and staff from Commander, Task Force 73 and Destroyer Squadron 7 will also participate,” US Navy said.
Del Pilar-class frigate BRP Gregorio Del Pilar (PF-15), BRP Agta, an AW109 helicopter, and a BN-2 Islander aircraft, a Philippine Marine company and other naval staff will represent the Philippine Navy.
“The training we will perform over the next week will provide excellent opportunities to deepen our long-time maritime partnership with the Philippine Navy,” said Rear Adm. Don Gabrielson, commander, US Navy Task Force 73. “We thank the Philippine Navy and the people of the Philippines for being gracious hosts and we look forward to enhancing our professional ties in meaningful ways that benefit both nations.”