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BK18  |  PH, US Navy Sailors perform dive operations    

NAVAL BASE CAMILO OSIAS, Santa Ana, Cagayan (DWDD) – Philippine Navy and U.S. Navy sailors perform dive operations during Exercise #Balikatan.

 

 

 

 

U.S. Navy LCDR Michael Dobling, right, from Oxford Junction, Iowa, commanding officer of Underwater Construction Team (UCT) 2, and a Philippine Navy sailor with UCT 1st Naval Waterfront Construction Battalion perform dive operations during Exercise Balikatan at Naval Base Camilo Osias, Santa Ana, Cagayan, Philippines May 11, 2018. UCT 2 specializes in the construction, inspection, maintenance, and repair of underwater and waterfront facilities in support of the Pacific Fleet. Exercise Balikatan, in its 34th iteration, is an annual U.S.-Philippine military training exercise focused on a variety of missions, including humanitarian assistance and disaster relief, counterterrorism, and other combined military operations.

 

 

 

 

U.S. Navy Sailors attached to Underwater Construction Team (UCT) 2, and Philippine Navy sailors with UCT 1st Naval Waterfront Construction Battalion launch a 15-foot inflatable boat during dive operations.

 

 

 

 

U.S. Navy Lt. Cmdr. Michael Dobling, right, from Oxford Junction, Iowa, commanding officer of Underwater Construction Team (UCT) 2, and a Philippine Navy sailor with UCT 1st Naval Waterfront Construction Battalion prepare for dive operations.

 

 

 

 

Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Col. Joselito T. Loena and AFP Brig. Gen. Milfredo M. Melegrito, deputy commander, Northern Luzon Command, meet with U.S Marine Corps Brig. Gen. Thomas D. Weidley, commanding general, 1st Marine Aircraft Wing, at Clark Air Base, Pampanga. They met to discuss the underwater construction efforts happening at Naval Base Camilo Osias, Santa Ana, Cagayan.

 

 

 

 

Armed Forces of the Philippines Brig. Gen. Milfredo M. Melegrito, deputy commander, Northern Luzon Command, and U.S. Marine Corps Brig. Gen. Thomas D. Weidley, commanding general, 1st Marine Aircraft Wing, ride in an MV-22 Osprey on their way to Naval Base Camilo Osias, Santa Ana, Cagayan.

 

 

 

 

Armed Forces of the Philippines Col. Joselito T. Loena, arrives via an MV-22 Osprey at Naval Base Camilo Osias, Santa Ana, Cagayan, Philippines as part of Exercise Balikatan, May 10, 2018. He is there to visit Underwater Construction Team 2 and Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 5.

 

 

 

 

U.S. Marine Corps Brig. Gen. Thomas D. Weidley, commanding general, 1st Marine Aircraft Wing, meets with members of Underwater Construction Team (UCT) 2 at Naval Base Camilo Osias, Santa Ana, Cagayan.

 

 

 

 

U.S. Navy Construction Mechanic 1st class Matthew Ramirez, left, explains the function of a KM-37 dive helmet to U.S. Navy Command Master Chief Curtis D. Blunt, center, 1st Marine Aircraft Wing.

 

 

 

 

U.S. Army Maj. Lauren Fernando, left, of the 25th Combat Aviation Brigade shakes hands with Armed Forces of the Philippines Lt. Gen. Emmanuel B. Salamat, right, commander, Northern Luzon Command.

 

 

 

 

Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Col. Joselito T. Loena, U.S Marine Corps Brig. Gen. Thomas D. Weidley, commanding general 1st Marine Aircraft Wing, AFP Lt. Gen. Emmanuel B. Salamat, commander, Northern Luzon Command, and AFP Brig. Gen. Milfredo M. Melegrito, deputy commander, Northern Luzon Command, stand shoulder-to-shoulder before boarding an MV-22 Osprey.

 

 

 

 

U.S. Navy Lt. Cmdr. Michael Dobling, left, from Oxford Junction, Iowa, commanding officer of Underwater Construction Team (UCT) 2, and a Philippine Navy sailor with UCT 1st Naval Waterfront Construction Battalion wade into the water to begin their dive operations.

 

 

 

 

U.S. Navy Lt. Cmdr. Michael Dobling, left, from Oxford Junction, Iowa, commanding officer of Underwater Construction Team (UCT) 2, congratulates and gives a coin to a Philippine Navy sailor with UCT 1st Naval Waterfront Construction Battalion on a succesful combined dive. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Kryzentia Richards / MCAG

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