AFP Joint Exercise (AJEX), dubbed as “DAGIT-PA,” is a unilateral exercise conceptualized to enhance the AFP’s joint capability by utilizing its existing forces in a joint training environment. This year’s unilateral training exercises were composed of three Joint Interoperability Events (JIOEs), namely, Amphibious Operations, Island Defense, and Combined Arms Live-Fire Exercises.
AJEX DAGIT-PA JIOE 1 – Amphibious Operation is a military operation launched from the sea by an Amphibious Force (AF) to conduct landing force operations within the littorals. AF is primarily composed of Amphibious Task Force (ATF) and Amphibious Landing Force (ALF). Amphibious Operations require the unique ability to operate across air, land, and sea.
For this year, Commander, Joint Task Force Karagatan led by Commo. Caesar Bernard Valencia was tasked to spearhead the execution of Joint Interoperability Event 1 – Amphibious Operation. As to its task forces, Navy Capt. Edward Ike De Sagon led the Amphibious Force together with Marine Col. Simplitius Adecer as the commander of ALF and Navy Capt. Norman Mutia as the commander of ATF.
As described by the acronym JIOE, the amphibious operation conducted for this year’s AJEX DAGIT-PA was a collaborative effort of the Philippine Navy, Philippine Army, and Philippine Air Force showcasing their latest acquired assets and capabilities.
The Navy sent its complete assets and personnel for sea, land, and air. Participated by its newest fleet asset, BRP Jose Rizal (FF150), which performed and tested its capability in Naval Surface Fire Support. BRP Tarlac (LD601), one of PN’s Strategic Sealift Vessels, also participated as the launching platform of the amphibious forces. LD601’s two landing craft units, BRP Capas and BRP Pura, was also utilized to transport the landing forces.
The PN’s AW109 helicopter NH432 was also part of the exercise, which performed the Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance (ISR) and Amphibious Close Air Support.
On the other hand, the Philippine Marine Corps also flaunted the capabilities of its Amphibious Assault Vehicles (AAVs). The AAVs, which are the main asset used for an amphibious operation, are armored vehicles that are designed to operate both on land and at sea. It acts as a connecting platform during a ship-to-objective maneuver. — Philippine Navy