Thursday, 10 September 2015

Philippines, Australia to conduct ‘dusk’ and ‘dawn’ Special Forces exercises

FORT ANDRES BONIFACIO, Metro Manila – The armies of the Philippines and Australia will conduct two joint exercises to be held separately in both countries this year in line with their existing defense cooperation program.

Based on the Philippine Army training program for 2015, the two exercises are the Philippine-Australia Exercise ‘Dusk’ Caracha and the Philippine-Australia Exercise ‘Dawn’ Caracha.

The Exercise ‘Dusk’ Caracha 2015 is a combined training activity between the Special Operations Commands (SOCOM) of both the Philippine and Australian Army to be held in Perth, Western Australia from Sept. 15 to 26.

The Philippine Army will send a total of 25 personnel from the Light Reaction Regiment (LRR), SOCOM in Australia to participate in the said exercise.

Exercise ‘Dusk’ Caracha aims to enhance the counter-terrorist skills and capabilities of the Philippine Army’s Light Reaction Regiment utilizing the training facilities of the Special Air Service Regiment in Australia.

Exercise ‘Dusk’ Caracha will also include closed-quarter battle training, sniper skills development training, and unit collective training.

On the other hand, the Philippine-Australia Exercise ‘Dawn’ Caracha 2015, scheduled on Oct. 19 to 30 in Fort Magsaysay, Nueva Ecija, will involve 102 participants from the Philippine Army and 15 soldiers from Australian Army.

Exercise ‘Dawn’ Caracha is an annual army-to-army exercise between the Special Air Service Regiment, SOCOM, Australia and the SOCOM, Philippine Army which aims to enhance the interoperability between the Special Forces units of both countries.

To enhance the existing defense relations between Australia and Philippines, both armies continue to engage in bilateral activities under the auspices of the Philippines-Australia Joint Defense Cooperation Program, said Col. Jose T. Faustino Jr., the Army’s Assistant Chief of Staff for Training and Education. (Philippine Army Public Affairs)

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