The Armed Forces of the Philippines, through the Philippine Navy and Naval Forces Central, led the Amphibious Operations Exercise in Antique Province, Panay Island on Thursday, November 18, 2021.
Amphibious Operations is a military operation launched from the sea by an Amphibious Force (AF) to conduct landing force operations within the littorals. The littorals include land areas that are particularly vulnerable to sea engagement and influence, and can extend far inland. This exercise aims to improve the military’s skills, techniques, and capabilities in the event of a swift deployment of troops from ship to shore, whether under dangerous conditions, natural disasters, or hostile enemy operations. Its goal is to improve the AFP units’ joint interoperability during amphibious operations.
This type of mission necessitates the capacity to operate in the air, on land, and at sea. To achieve unity of effort, enhanced speed of action, and coordinated deployment of maritime control and power projection capabilities, it requires integrated Command and Control (C2).
The exercise includes a number of activities, including mission planning on board the PN ship LD601, troop launching through Amphibious Assault Vehicles (AAVs), Landing Craft Utility (LCUs), and rubber boats, as well as simulations of air reconnaissance, insertion, and sustainment operations/follow-on forces.
The amphibious operations took place at Brgy. Poblacion, Patnongon, Antique wherein joint forces conducted simulation exercise of over the beach operation, counter mobility operation, amphibious assault, security patrol, heliborne operation, intelligence surveillance and reconnaissance operation, combat patrol, close air support and retrograde operation.
A total of 797 AFP personnel took part in the exercise. The Armed Forces of the Philippines’ combined efforts, as well as the local government’s and other law enforcement agencies’ unflinching support in safeguarding and securing our country and sustaining peace, order, and development, made the successful training exercise possible. It was carried out in strict accordance with the IATF’s health and biosafety regulations in order to prevent COVID-19 spread.
“We have witnessed the readiness of our armed forces to defend the Filipino people against various threats. The skills and techniques that our soldiers garnered here, armed with new and reliable equipment shall boost our capabilities to seamlessly attain our mission of protecting the people and the state,” MGen Felicidario III, Exercise Director of AJEX 05-2021 stated.