U.S. Transfers M40 Field Protective Masks to AFP to Support Counterterrorism Operations

Members of the Philippine Navy and Marine Corps receive, inventory, (L), and watch a demonstration of wear and use, (R), of a delivery of 1,000 M40 field protective masks from the Joint U.S. Military Assistance Group to the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) at Marine Barracks Rudiardo Brown, Taguig, Philippines.  This delivery is one of many recent deliveries from the U.S. through the Mutual Logistics Support Agreement (MLSA) that enhance the AFP’s counterterrorism capabilities.

Manila, September 2, 2017 — Officials from the Joint United States Military Assistance Group (JUSMAG) delivered 1,000 M40 field protective masks and C2 filter canisters to the Philippine Navy (PN) through the Mutual Logistics Support Agreement (MLSA) on August 30 and 31, 2017.

As the fighting continues in Mindanao, the PN requested these gas masks in order to better prepare their sailors and marines to respond to chemical threats.

This transfer is part of a series of ongoing transfers from the U.S. military to multiple branches of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) through both MLSA and the security assistance program.  Through the MLSA, the AFP is able to receive select munitions and equipment from U.S. military stock in an accelerated process reserved for allies and close partners of the United States.

The United States is proud to work closely with the Republic of the Philippines and will continue to support capacity-building counterterrorism efforts and the AFP’s long-term modernization goals.