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US, Philippine Marines to Conduct Joint Exercise PHIBLEX 33

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Marines from the United States and the Philippines will conduct a landing exercise known as PHIBLEX 33 in different locations in the Philippines on October 4, the US Pacific Command (PACOM) said in a press release.

WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — PHIBLEX 33 is designed to improve joint humanitarian assistance efforts, interoperability and advance cooperation, as well as assist in strengthening bilateral amphibious capabilities, the release noted.

"The Armed Forces of the Philippines, Philippine Marine Corps and US Marines and Sailors from the 3rd Marine Expeditionary Brigade and Bonhomme Richard Expeditionary Strike Group will participate in the 33rd iteration of the Philippines Amphibious Landing Exercise (PHIBLEX 33), from October 4-12 at multiple locations in Luzon and Palawan," the release stated on Tuesday.

The exercise includes an amphibious landing and live-fire training, the release added.

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