First Day Activities of Maritime Operations for AJEX DAGIT-PA

Naval Forces Central, Lapu-Lapu City, Cebu, November 18, 2021 – The Philippine Navy, through CAPT RAUL A REGIS PN(GSC), Acting Commander, Naval Forces Central, and AJEX DAGIT-PA 05-2021 Commander Amphibious Force, spearheaded the conduct of two-day Joint Inter-Operability Events (JIOE) for Maritime Operations (JIOE 4) on 15-16 November 2021 held at vicinity seawaters of West of Panay Island.

The AFP Joint Exercise (AJEX) “DAGIT-PA” 05-2021 is the fifth of its series to be conducted unilaterally with the three (3) major branches of service of the Armed Forces of the Philippines. The forerunner event was “DAGIT” (“Dagat at Langit”) conducted between the Naval Aviation Group (NAG) of the Philippine Navy and the 15th Strike Wing of the Philippine Air Force involving an Air-Sea Battle Concept. The concept was later expanded into “DAGIT-PA” (Dagat, Langit at Lupa) together with the Philippine Army to further enhance the AFP’s joint capability. The foremost goal is to integrate the major services’ capabilities through joint operations in a joint training environment in order to strengthen the interoperability among service components.

CAPT REGIS during an interview on board LD601 verbalized that “this exercise is regularly conducted in preparation for eventual realities to enhance the AFP’s capabilities and showcase what we have, our brand new frigate, landing dock and helicopters in return we are doing our job well, performing what is required and mandated to us in defense for our country”.

A total number of 797 AFP personnel participated during the maritime operations with the following participating units: Naval Forces Central (NFC); BRP Antonio Luna (FF151); BRP Andres Bonifacio (PS17); BRP Tarlac (LD601); BRP Waray (LC288); BRP Agta (LC290); BRP Enrique Jurado (PC371); BRP Abraham Campo (PC396); AW109E; NH434; NV314; BRP Fort San Felipe (AGS700); Maritime Amphibious Ready Unit (MARU); Platoon PN Reservist; Naval Construction Brigade (NCBde) Team; Naval Special Operations Command (NAVSOCOM); Naval Special Operations Unit – 5 (NAVSOU5); Fleet Training Doctrine Center (FTDC); Naval Information and Communications Technology Station – Central (NICTS-C), PN; Sikorsky S76 Search and Rescue Helicopter; C2O8 Grand Caravan, Intelligence Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) Aircraft; FA50 Fighter Aircraft; Combat Air Controllers, 710th Special Operations Wing; Special Boat Team and Explosive Ordinance Disposal Team.

A Series of events were conducted during Day 1 of the Maritime Operations Exercise. These include the Communication Exercise (COMMEX), Photo Exercise (PHOTOEX), Air Defense Exercise (ADEX), Gunnery Exercise (GUNNEX), Intelligence Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR), Maritime Air Surveillance, Surface Action Group Exercise (SAGEX), Publication Exercise (PUBEX), and Flashing Exercise (FLASHEX).

The exercise aims to enhance joint operability of the Armed Forces of the Philippines by integrating the Major Service’s capabilities towards joint operations in a joint training exercise environment. The outcome is strengthening the interoperability of all the service components of the AFP.

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