CAMP AGUINALDO, Quezon City – The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) concluded its third multi-service military exercise DAGIT-PA with a ceremony held Monday, September 30 at the AFP Education Training and Doctrine Command (AFPETDC), here.

During the AFP Joint Exercise DAGIT-PA which ran from September 16 to 27, different units from the Army, Air Force and Navy, including reservists, took part in major joint interoperability events as well as command post exercises. These events included amphibious operations, airfield retake and aviation operations, urban operations, and cyber defense training throughout Northern and Western Philippines.

“AJEX DAGIT-PA brought out the best in our troops during various field and staff exercises. Our units from the regular and reserve force greatly benefitted from this multi-service exercise that aimed to develop our skills and capabilities in joint sea, air and land operations. We do this to better perform our mission of protecting the people and the state,” said Commodore Adeluis Bordado, Commander of AFPETDC and Exercise Director for AJEX DAGIT-PA.

The exercise encompassed four major events namely Air/Maritime Interdiction in Palawan; Amphibious Operations in Zambales; Airfield Seizure and Military Operation in Urban Terrain in Nueva Ecija; and Combined Arms Live Fire in Tarlac.

The AFP showcased four of its newly procured Amphibious Assault Vehicles during the amphibious exercise in Zambales. Reservist also played a vital role in exercises that sought to enhance military capabilities on humanitarian assistance and disaster relief.

A Cyber Defense Exercise was also held to test the military’s cyberspace capabilities in building a strong infrastructure that can protect, detect, and respond to network attacks.

“It is a continuous endeavour of the AFP to achieve better unity of command and capitalize on the synergy of military operations. Constant joint training exercises like AJEX DAGIT-PA are necessary to enhance personnel capacity and unit capabilities of the joint forces. This will enable our members to be readily deployable to address contingencies across all mission areas,” said Commodore Bordado.

More than 1,500 regular soldiers and reservists from the Army, Air Force, Navy and Marines participated in AJEX DAGIT-PA which stands for Dagat-Langit-Lupa (Sea, Sky, Land). It is an AFP-wide/AFP-only exercise aimed at enhancing interoperability, capabilities, and readiness requirement during joint operations.