U.S., Philippines, and Japan Kick-off Maritime Training Activity Sama Sama

PUERTO PRINCESA (Oct. 14, 2019) - Leaders from the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force, Philippine Navy and U.S. Navy pose together for a photo on stage during the opening ceremony for Maritime Training Activity (MTA) Sama Sama. Now in its third year, MTA Sama Sama includes forces from Japan, Philippi

Manila, October 15, 2019 — The U.S. Navy, Philippine Navy, and Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force launched Maritime Training Activity (MTA) Sama Sama with an opening ceremony in Puerto Princessa on Oct. 14.

This is the third iteration of MTA Sama Sama, a maritime exercise designed to promote regional security cooperation, maintain and strengthen maritime partnerships, and enhance interoperability.  This is the first year the Japanese Maritime Self-Defense Force will be a participant.

U.S. Navy Rear Adm. Joey Tynch, commander, Logistics Group Western Pacific, who oversees security cooperation for the U.S. Navy in Southeast Asia, said that Maritime Training Activity Sama Sama showed the evolution toward multilateral training and networked security.

“We are strongest when we sail together,” said Tynch.  “MTA Sama Sama gives us a great chance to work shoulder-to-shoulder with our friends, partners, and allies, the Philippine Navy and the Japanese Maritime Self Defense Force.  We train together, so that together we can face threats to maritime security.”

For more than 70 years, U.S. and Philippine forces have renewed our friendship, partnership and alliance through bilateral military exchanges and exercises.

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