06 October 2016

More US warships in Subic Bay for PHIBLEX 33

More US warships arrived in Subic Bay Wednesday to take part in this year's Philippines Amphibious Landing Exercise, also known as PHIBLEX 33.

Additional U.S. units that docked in the Freeport are three ships of Bonhomme Richard Amphibious Ready Group (BHR ARG).

BHR ARG consists of the Wasp-class amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD-6), the San Antonio-class amphibious transport dock USS Green Bay (LPD-20), and the Whidbey Island-class dock landing ship USS Germantown (LSD-42).

PHIBLEX 33 opened Monday in ceremonies held at the headquarters of the Philippine Marine Corps in Fort Bonifacio, Taguig City.

According to Cpt Ryan F Lacuesta, PN (M), Director, Marine Corps Public Affairs Office Public Affairs Office, the exercise will have different events that will enhance the interoperability and capability of the naval forces of both countries.

Some of the exercise activities are as follows:

- Amphibious Landing Exercise on October 7, 2016 at the Naval Education Training Command in San Antonio Zambales.

- Combined Live Fire exercise (CALFEX) on October 10, 2016 at the Crow Valley in Tarlac.

- Turn-over ceremony of Engineering project at the Palawig Elementary School and San Vicente Elem School on October 11, 2016 at Sta Ana, Cagayan, and,

- Closing Ceremony PHIBLEX33 on October 12, 2016 at the Acero Hall, Headquarters Philippine Marine Corps, Fort Bonifacio, Taguig City.

PHIBLEX 33 includes approximately 1,400 U.S. service members based in Okinawa, Japan and 500 Philippine Armed Forces personnel working side-by- side to grow capabilities and better prepare to operate together during a natural disaster or armed conflict. (SNL)


[1] Sea Knight transport and Sea Stallion attack helicopters sit on the deck of the assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard, which will participate in the ongoing Phiblex war games between the Philippines and the United States. (AMD/MPD-SBMA)

[2] The dock landing ship USS Germantown (right) and the assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard occupy the length of the Alava Pier in the Subic Bay Freeport on Wednesday. The ships, along with USS Green Bay, are in port for replenishment before participating in the ongoing war maneuver between the Philippines and the United States. (AMD/MPD-SBMA)