France and Japan join PH-US maritime exercises

Personnel from the United States, the Philippines, Japan and France launched the Sama Sama Maritime Training Activity (MTA) in a virtual opening ceremony on October 11. US NAVY

MANILA, Philippines — The French and Japanese navies will participate in US-Philippine maritime exercises.

The fourth iteration of the maritime training activity (MTA) Sama-Sama, a Filipino term for ensemble, launched online on Monday.

The MTA-Sama Sama (formerly CARAT or Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training Exercise) aims to improve the interoperability of navies in the region as they respond to maritime security challenges and preserve an international order based on rules, Naval Forces North Luzon said in a statement.

“We are here today to achieve a common goal: to prepare, refine and upgrade our training to deal with a range of security threats, from transnational crime to the fight against terrorism, piracy and narcotics problems and, of course, territorial defense problems, ”Vice Admiral Adeluis Borado, head of the navy, was quoted.

Due to the pandemic, most activities will take place online. Events will include diver training, aviation and information sharing, ocean refueling methods and maritime awareness, the U.S. Navy said.

Best medical practices, illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing and maritime law, as well as humanitarian aid and disaster relief will also be included in the discussions.

“The virtual engagement focuses on the full spectrum of naval capabilities and features cooperative developments that highlight the ability of the United States and the Philippines to work together toward the common goal of ensuring a secure maritime environment for Indo – free and open peaceful, ”the US Navy said.

The Japanese Maritime Self-Defense Force is joining Sama-Sama for the second time since 2019.

Japanese forces recently joined the Philippine and US Navy amphibious exercises known as the Kamandag exercises.

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