Army plays key role in airfield seizure under DAGIT PA 2018

The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) is spearheading Philippine Air Force (PAF), Philippine Army (PA), AFP Special Operation Forces, and Philippine Navy (PN) Joint Exercise (AJEX) dubbed as Dagat, Langit at Lupa (DAGIT- PA), a joint exercise previously joined only by PN and PAF.

According to PA, activities for the DAGIT PA 2018 started August 1 at Fort Magsaysay, Nueva Ecija. The joint exercise between military services focuses on territorial defense and internal security operation.

“The Philippine Army’s participation is focused in the conduct of Command Post and Field Training activities that is anchored on Territorial Defense and Internal Security Operations as the exercise themes for this year,” the Army said.

“The scenario that concerns Territorial Defense involves an escalating maritime security situation that would lead to crisis and conflict. In the process, the AFP will be required to apply its unilateral defense plan,” PA said.

It added that Army contingent plays a key role in the airfield seizure and military operation in urban terrain (MOUT) as part of the scenario. “Such scenario will be complemented by a counter-terrorism situation that developed in urban environment as drawn from the real world experience such as the recent Marawi conflict,” the Army said.

The Army’s 7th Infantry Division, aside from serving as host of the exercise also participated along with the AFP Special Operations Command with its Special Operation Forces component.

Also, 3 PAF FA-50PH “Fighting Eagle” Fighter/Surface Attack/Lead-in Fighter Trainer (F/SA/LIFT) aircraft arrived in Puerto Princesa City, Palawan on July 20 for DAGIT PA 2018.

“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,” AFP Western Command (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 WESCOM commander Lieutenant General Rozzano D. Briguez.