THE Philippine Army (PA) and the Australian Defense Force have concluded the month-long "Exercise Carabaroo" that bolstered participating units' combined arms capabilities in Darwin, Australia on Sept. 5, 2022.

The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) said more than 150 troops from PA's 1st Brigade Combat Team, First Scout Ranger Regiment and Special Forces Regiment (Airborne) and their Australian counterparts trained alongside the United States Marine Corps during the event at the Robertson Barracks and Mount Bundey Training Area in Darwin.

The trilateral exercise bolstered participating troops' interoperability in a complex environment, the AFP said.

Exercise Carabaroo is part of the Australian Army's 1st Brigade's Exercise Predator's Run, a multinational training activity that simulates littoral combined arms maneuvers in a large-scale force-on-force environment.

It was held in parallel with Exercise Southern Tiger (participated by Australian and Malaysian troops) and Exchange Program Kartikaburra (participated by Australian and Indonesia troops).

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Meanwhile, Training and Doctrine Command (TRADOC) Deputy Commander BGen. Alvin V. Flores led the PA delegation that graced the Distinguished Visitors' Day, one of Exercise Carabaroo's highlights.

The TRADOC deputy commander, during a visit to the Mount Bundy Training Area, likewise lauded the PA contingent for ably representing not just the organization but the Philippines as well.

Army Commanding General LtGen. Romeo Brawner Jr., during the courtesy call of Australian Ambassador Steven J. Robison AO back in April, reiterated PA's commitment to sustain its comprehensive and fruitful engagement with the Australian Defense Force through the conduct of regular training exercises.

It can be noted that the Philippines and Australia have four security deals: The 1995 memorandum of understanding on cooperative defense activities, the 2012 Visiting Forces Agreement, the 2015 comprehensive partnership agreement and the 2021 Mutual Logistics Agreement.