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Philippine Army Sends 103 Soldiers to Hawaii for Combat Exercise

A 103-strong delegation from the Philippine Army has joined several allied nations for a month-long combat exercise in Hawaii.

The Joint Pacific Multinational Readiness Center (JPMRC) Rotation 23-01, slated to end on November 16, includes realistic military drills to “test large-scale combat capabilities in live, virtual, and constructed environments.”

“Doctrine writers and researchers will also capture the best practices and operational aspects of the exercise which will help the Army establish its doctrine related to the Combat Readiness Training Area,” the Philippine Army said.

Filipino soldiers are set to conduct drills with Thai and Indonesian Armed Forces, along with observers from seven other unnamed countries.

The multinational event includes at least 6,000 troops of the US Army’s 25th Infantry Division and an additional 8,400 service members from US joint components.

“We’re not here to focus on our very differences but on our similarities that make us a world-class force able to fight and win the Pacific,” 25th Infantry Division deputy commander Brig Gen. Jeffrey VanAntwerp said.

In June, the Philippine Army participated in the 2022 Middle Planning Conference for the JPMRC, where it discussed the timeline and scenario concept for the large-scale combat exercise.

Joint Pacific Multinational Readiness Center

The JPMRC is the United States Army Pacific’s (USARPAC) regional combat training center for units and leaders in the complex operating environment of the Pacific Theater.

“Realistic training exercises, like JPMRC 23-01, strengthen defense relationships, foster multinational interoperability, increase US readiness, and reinforce the unified regional land power network that supports a #FreeandOpenIndoPacific,” USARPAC said in a statement.

Realistic training exercises, like JPMRC 23-01, strengthen defense relationships, foster multinational interoperability,…

Posted by U.S. Army Pacific on Saturday, October 22, 2022

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