Navy, Air Force undergo joint training with focus on Territorial Defense

The Philippine Navy and Philippine Air Force are conducting an Interoperability Exercise (IOX) with code-name DAGIT (Dagat, Langit) 2015. The Navy said DAGIT 2015 aims to enhance interoperability and operational capabilities of PN-PAF units in joint air-naval operations in support to the Unified Command’s requirements in the conduct of Internal Security Operations (ISO) and in support to the Territorial Defense Operations (TDO).

DAGIT 2015 has three phases which include the preparation Phase from September 7-11; Exercise Phase from September 14-17; and Termination Phase on September 18. “In the planning of this year’s exercise, we revisited the lessons learned during DAGIT 2014 in order to ensure that such errors are rectified in the execution of this year’s IOX,” DAGIT 2015 exercise director Colonel Jonas Lumawag said.

Navy assets participating include an Islander, one AW109E, BRP Gregorio del Pilar (PF16), boat teams and SEAL teams of the Naval Special Operations Group, Sniper team of the Marines Special Operations Group, one communications van, and one medical team.

The Air Force is deploying two MD-520MG, two SF-260TP, two OV-10, two UH1H/ UH-1D, one Huey II, one S-76A, one Sokol, one C130, one F-27, two S211, two Sniper Teams, one communications van, and one medical team for DAGIT 2015.

“Being the cutting edge in tactical operations, our involvement in this joint exercise speaks of our continuous pursuit for sustained air power. Working hand in hand with our counterparts in the Navy to promote this thrust is a rare opportunity,” 15th Strike Wing commander Brigadier General Domingo Palisoc Jr. said.