AFP JOINT MILITARY EXERCISE ‘DAGIT-PA’, SINIMULAN NA

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LUNGSOD NG QUEZON–Opisyal nang sinimulan ng Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) ang AFP Joint Exercise “DAGIT-PA” (AJEX DAGIT-PA) nitong Lunes, Nobyembre 23 sa AFP Education, Training and Doctrine Command (AFPETDC) sa Camp Aguinaldo.

Layon ng “Dagat-Langit-Lupa” na isang unilateral exercise na palakasin pa ang joint force inter-operability ng lahat ng defense mission areas ng AFP. Hangarin din nitong matugunan ang mga isyu sa tanggulan at seguridad.

“The AFP-wide/AFP-only exercise integrates Philippine Navy, Philippine Air Force, Philippine Army and Special Operations Forces to level up our operational effectiveness in sea, air, and land,” pahayag ni MGEN Edgard Arevalo, AFPETDC Commander at AJEX DAGIT-PA Director. 

Ang training na tatagal hanggang Disyembre 4 at gaganapin sa Northern Luzon Command (NOLCOM) at General Headquarters sa Camp Aguinaldo ay sasalihan ng 1,100 active at reserve AFP personnel. Pokus ng naturang training ang territorial defense; internal security operations; humanitarian assistance and disaster response; chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear and explosives; at cyber defense operations.

Magsasagawa ang AFP ng major exercises tulad ng amphibious operations at island defense exercises sa San Antonio, Zambales; combined arms live fire exercises sa Capas, Tarlac; cyber defense exercises sa Camp Aguinaldo; at staff exercises sa NOLCOM Headquarters. 

Gagamitin ng Philippine Army ang armoured vehicles at combat engineering equipment nito, samantalang ilalabas naman ng Philippine Navy ang BRP Jose Rizal FF-150 vessel, iba pang patrol ship, landing dock, helicopters, at fixed wing aircraft nito.

Sasali rin ang FA-50 aircraft ng Philippine Air Force at amphibious assault vehicles ng Philippine Marines.

“Our objective is to enhance personnel capacity and capabilities of the joint forces that will enable them to be readily deployable in contingencies concerning maritime security, territorial defense, counter-terrorism, and natural disasters and calamities,” dagdag pa ni MGEN Arevalo. 

Siniguro pa rin ng AFP na lahat ng face-to-face activities ay istriktong susunod sa health protocols. Lahat ng partisipante ay “cleared” sa COVID-19 ng mga awtorisadong medical professionals bago sumalang sa joint exercise, pero handa pa rin ang serbisyo medikal sa lahat ng AFP personnel sa kasagsagan ng training.

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