Camp General Artemio Ricarte, Puerto Princesa City– An annual interoperability exercise involving the Philippine Navy (PN) and the Philippine Air Force (PAF) dubbed as Interoperability Exercise “DAGIT” 2017-11/2 (IOX DAGIT17-11/2) integrated with Exercise “PAGSASAMA” 2017 and Exercise “PAGSISIKAP” 2017 officially kicked-off here yesterday, May 29, 2017, in an opening ceremony graced by Lt. Gen. Raul L Del Rosario, the Commander, Western Command as Guest of Honor and Keynote Speaker.
Exercise “DAGIT” is a PN-PAF joint exercise to improve interoperability in addressing maritime security concerns. On the other hand, PAGSISIKAP is a naval exercise to train the PN’s fleet and marine forces in amphibious operations, while PAGSASAMA aims to enhance the readiness and interoperability of the PN’s regular and reserve units.
In his remarks, Lt. Gen. Del Rosario stressed, “We, in WESCOM are proud to be chosen as the venue for these exercises this year. In fact, I believe that Palawan is indeed the right venue considering the maritime nature of our operations. This I say with the full understanding that doctrinal meaning of maritime encompasses both air and sea domains.”
For this year, the emphasis of the training is on tactics, techniques, and procedures in the conduct of a range of joint operations among air, naval and ground forces deployed in WESCOM Area of Responsibility (AOR).
These joint and unilateral exercises will be held from May 29 until June 9, 2017, in different areas of Puerto Princesa City and Palawan. This year, these three (3) exercises shall be simultaneously executed under Commander, Naval Forces West as the Officer Conducting Exercise (OCE) to test the integration of PN and PAF capabilities.
The participating forces from the PN are from the Philippine Fleet, the Philippine Marine Corps, and the Naval Reserve Command.
On the other hand, PAF will be composed of personnel from 710th Special Operations Wing (SPOW) and 300 AISG.