Thursday, July 6, 2017

US turns over 12 trucks to AFP

From the Philippine Information Agency (Jul 6): US turns over 12 trucks to AFP

The United States (US) has officially turned over on Thursday 12 Ford F-550 trucks to the Armed Forces of the Philippines’ (AFP’s) Naval Special Operations Group (NAVSOG) at the Naval Base Heracleo Alano, Sangley Point in Cavite.

Security cooperation manager for the Joint US Military Assistance Group Frederick Riker handed over the ceremonial truck key to Philippine Navy Capt. Alfonspin P. Tumanda Jr.

The said trucks will help ease the mobility of the NAVSOG troops spread throughout the Philippines including units located in Tawi-Tawi, Zamboanga and Davao. It will also aid in the transport and deployment to critical areas of rigid-hulled inflatable boats that were previously delivered by the US to the AFP.

Through a variety of assistance packages over the past three years, the US has also provided the Philippines with over 200 million dollars of grant assistance to assist the partner forces in building the required capabilities for success.

Present also during the ceremony were other representatives from the Joint US Military Assistance Group, as well as Capt. Alfonspin P. Tumanda Jr. and Cmdr. Jim P. Razo, the Commander and Deputy Commander of Philippine NAVSOG.

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