Three Philippine Air Force (PAF) FA-50PH “Fighting Eagle” Fighter/Surface Attack/Lead-in Fighter Trainer (F/SA/LIFT) aircraft arrived in Puerto Princesa City, Palawan today for the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Joint Exercise (AJEX) Dagat, Langit, Lupa (DAGIT PA) 2018 to be held in Western Command (WESCOM)’s Joint Area of Operations and in Luzon Areas until August 3, according to WESCOM.
“The said aircraft are participating in the Field Training Exercise (FTX) phase of the DAGIT PA 2018 which will be staged in the eastern part of Palawan,” WESCOM said.
AJEX DAGIT PA 2018 officially started on July 23 with Staff Exercise (STAFFEX) participated by key staff officers of WESCOM led by Lieutenant General Rozzano D. Briguez. “This phase trained the participants on Contingency and Crisis Action Planning, and Command and Control of joint forces,” WESCOM said.
“We are thrilled to have our fighter jets joining the FTX phase of this year’s AJEX in WESCOM’s Area of Operations, along with our naval assets and ground troopers, because this will give us the opportunity to test our interoperability doctrine, jointness and readiness as One AFP,” said Lieutenant General Briguez.
“It is highly significant that our forces and assets train together in the spirit of jointness in order to enhance our ability to respond to any contingency in the future. This AJEX DAGIT PA provided us with such important training,” he added.
WESCOM said AJEX DAGIT PA is now on its 4th iteration. It is a unilateral exercise that focuses on the development of the AFP’s capacity on joint operations and enhancing interoperability of its forces from the Navy, Air Force and Army.
“The said exercise will also enhance the individual capacity of personnel and unit capabilities to enable them to be readily deployable to address contingencies in all mission areas,” WESCOM said.