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U.S. Navy Aviation Boatswain’s Mate (Fuel) Airman Jose Barajas, from Troy, fuels a UH-1Y Venom, attached to Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 163 aboard the amphibious transport dock ship USS John P. Murtha during exercise KAMANDAG 3. The John P. Murtha is participating in KAMANDAG 3, a Philippine-led, bilateral exercise with the U.S., designed to increase counterterrorism, humanitarian assistance and disaster relief capabilities through military exchanges that strengthen partnership and the ability to rapidly respond to crises throughout the Indo-Pacific region. KAMANDAG is an acronym for the Filipino phrase “Kaagapay Ng Mga Mandirigma Ng Dagat,” which translates to “Cooperation of Warriors of the Sea,” highlighting the partnership between the U.S. and the Philippine militaries. 

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