AUSTRALIAN ARMY CHIEF VISITS THE PHILIPPINES
LtGen Peter Leahy (left) with Philippines
Department of Defence Secretary Avelino Razon
Australian Army Chief, Lieutenant General Peter Leahy, is in the Philippines on a routine counterpart visit.
During his visit, LTGEN Leahy has been briefed on a number of issues of regional interest, including the Philippines military’s campaign against extremist groups in the southern Philippines.
LTGEN Leahy has presented INTERFET medals to a number of personnel, in recognition of the closeness and respect Australia holds for the Armed Forces of the Philippines and their assistance in INTERFET during a critical period.
Discussions on the Army Watercraft Project have also occurred. Australia and the Philippines are working together on a joint project to improve the ability of the Philippine Army to patrol the marsh and riverine areas of the southern Philippines.
Australia will provide 18 to 30 boats to support the project, along with training in small boat handling, surveillance and reconnaissance and maintenance of the vessels.
The Army Watercraft Project complements the broader Defence Cooperation Program which includes hostage recovery training, intelligence courses and assistance in the area of maritime surveillance and response.