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Shoulder to shoulder: Marines collaborate for international security

U.S. Marines and Sailors representing 3rd Marine Division, III Marine Expeditionary Force took part in the first-ever coastal defense exercise held in Cagayan province, Philippines as part of the fifth iteration of exercise KAMANDAG, Sept. 28 – Oct. 8. Despite COVID-19 restrictions, the U.S. and Philippine Marine Corps, along with the Japanese Amphibious Rapid Deployment Brigade, continued the annual exercise with appropriate precautions, demonstrating multilateral commitment to mutual defense and stability in the Indo-Pacific. “We must be able to outmaneuver our enemies in the same way that we shall be able to maneuver this virus and still be able to continue to train…”
U.S. Marine Capt. Shane Kim, Logistics Officer for Headquarters Battalion, 3rd Marine Division conducts a Beach Landing Site survey alongside Maj. Laurence Medina, Operations Officer for the Philippine Marine Corps’ Coastal Defense Regiment as part of Exercise KAMANDAG 5-21 in Claveria, Philippines, Oct. 3, 2021. BLS surveys provide vital information in support of amphibious operations, enabling rapid, bilateral response to crisis when required.

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Author: Capt. Benjamin Yoder

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