AFP formally opens joint land-sea-air exercise

The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) on Monday formally opened its joint exercise titled “DAGIT PA” at the AFP Education Training and Doctrine Command (AFPETDCOM).

“DAGIT-PA”, which stands for “Dagat-Langit-Lupa (Sea-Air-Land)”, is an AFP-wide exercise aimed at enhancing interoperability during joint operations of the Navy, Air Force and Army.

It is geared to level up existing exercises by integrating the AFP’s Special Operations Forces, Cyber Group, and Reservists. Brig. Gen. Francisco Mendoza, Assistant Deputy Chief-of-Staff for Education and Training, represented Major General Erickson Gloria, the AFP Deputy Chief-of-Staff, as the guest of honor and speaker during the opening.

Also present were top military leaders, officers and enlisted personnel of the AFP.

“This year’s reiteration of the AFP Joint Exercise will help us strengthen our territorial defense capabilities and our conduct of internal security operations. The AFP Chief-of-Staff (Gen. Benjamin Madrigal, Jr.) wants to ensure that we have the capability to apply the unilateral defense plan and AFP joint operating concept, among many others, to ensure the effectiveness of our troops when operating in a joint operations environment,” Mendoza said.

More than 1,500 soldiers including reservists and selected AFP Wide Support and Separate Units will participate in the exercises.

Among which are the Air/Maritime Interdiction Operation in Palawan; Amphibious Landing in Zambales; Airfield Seizure and Military Operations in Urban Terrain in Nueva Ecija; and Combined Arms Live Fire Exercise in Tarlac.

These events will focus on capabilities development in maritime security, military operations in urban terrain, and amphibious operations. Commodore Adeluis Bordado, AFPETDCOM Commander, will serve as the Exercise Director.

The exercise was officially conceptualized and executed in 2017 under the auspices of the newly-activated AFPETDCOM.

The exercise traces its roots to the Navy-Air Force interoperability exercise dubbed as “DAGIT”, which features air-sea battle concept training, that started in the early 2000s. PNA.GOV.PH