The Philippine Marines Corps (PMC) and United States Marines Corps (USMC) orchestrated a Coastal Defense Exercise today, November 16, at Kamuning Beach, Puerto Princesa, as part of the annual Kamandag Drill Exercise.
This particular session, enriched by the presence of soldiers from Japan and the UK as observers, focused on elevating coastal defense capabilities through the use of cutting-edge Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (SUAS).
About a hundred military personnel from the Philippines and the United States convened for this strategic exercise, enhancing the spirit of Kamandag 7.
This annual initiative aims to strengthen regional alliances especially in the Indo-Pacific region and enhance collaborative capabilities among participating nations.
The day’s highlight featured the launch of a state-of-the-art SUAS, soaring above the coastal terrain to provide real-time aerial surveillance.
Equipped with advanced optics and sensors, the SUAS plays a vital role in monitoring coastal areas for potential threats, showcasing the seamless integration of technology into defense strategies.
The coastal defense drill unfolded with soldiers from Japan and the UK observing the scenarios simulating various coastal threats. The Philippine and U.S. Marines executed a series of coordinated responses, showing their adaptability and shared commitment in safeguarding coastal territories.
The KAMANDAG 7 joint military training exercise is the most extensive iteration to date with over 1,800 military personnel from the Philippines, the United States, Japan, and South Korea participating.
Originating from the Tagalog phrase “Kaagapay Ng Mga Mandirigma Ng Dagat” (Cooperation of the Warriors of the Sea), KAMANDAG, initiated in 2016, has evolved into a symbol of collaboration overseen jointly by the PMC and the USMC.
As the largest KAMANDAG exercise to date, this seventh iteration marks another milestone in the ongoing dedication to shared regional security and stability.