aving the capability to conduct amphibious operations will allow personnel of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) greater mobility and flexibility. An amphibious operation is a military operation launched from the sea by an amphibious force to conduct ground operations in a hostile environment. An amphibious force is an amphibious task force and amphibious landing force organized, trained, and equipped for amphibious operations. It is a combined force composed of sea, air, and land components. The amphibious operations are part of the ongoing “DAGIT-PA” exercises, scheduled from November 7 to 18.
AFP chief Lt. Gen. Bartolome Vicente Bacarro made this remark in his message read by Western Command (Wescom) head, Vice Admiral Alberto Carlos, during the conduct of amphibious operations in Barangay Samariñana, Brooke’s Point, Palawan on November 14. “As an effect of this joint exercise, our troops will acquire and enhance strategic mobility and flexibility, because the sea allows our troops maximum strategic, operational, tactical mobility, and flexibility. With an enhanced ability to strike at the enemy’s weakest point. Not only that but the projection of power ashore will also be enhanced,” Bacarro said.
“DAGIT-PA”, which stands for “Dagat, Langit at Lupa”, entails the participation of the three major services of the AFP – the Navy, Air Force, and Army – as employed in joint operations. This year’s “DAGIT-PA” is the sixth iteration of the joint exercise unilaterally conducted by the AFP. Four major events will highlight the exercise: table top exercise, staff exercise, cyber defense exercise, and field training exercises (FTX) in various locations in Palawan. Except for the FTX, all training events will be conducted in Camp General Artemio Ricarte in Puerto Princesa City.