In line with its efforts to improve its interoperability, the Philippine Navy and Air Force formally started their "Dagit 2015" maneuvers Monday.
The exercise will be carried out in three phases: Preparation Phase (Sept. 7-11); Exercise Phase (Sept. 14-17); and Termination Phase (Sept. 18).
This will include subject matter on expertise exchanges (SMEEs), classroom instructions, table top exercise (TTX), and joint training exercise (JTX).
It will be conducted in the areas of Naval Base Heracleo Alano, Sangley Point, Cavite City; Marine Barracks Gregorio Lim, Ternate Cavite; and in the vicinity of Manila Bay and Caballo Island.
Cmdr. Lued Lincuna, PN flag-officer-in-command, said "Dagit 2015" aims to enhance interoperability and operational capabilities of Navy-Air Force units in joint air-naval operations in support to the Unified Command’s requirements in the conduct of internal security operations and in support to the territorial defense operations.
Assets from the PN that will participate in the exercise include an Islander, one AW-109E, BRP Gregorio Del Pilar (PF-16), 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.
On the other hand, the PAF will send 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.
"Dagit 2015" also aims to enhance maritime, air-to-ground and special operations capability, which will enhance further the ability of the PN and PAF in safeguarding country's territories, exclusive economic zones and claims of interests.
"Dagit" started in 2003 during the term of then Capt. Jose Luis M. Alano, with the Naval Air Group and 15th Strike Wing as the only participating units involved.
In 2007, it eventually evolved to what is now known as the PN-PAF when both branches of service have realized the importance of the role being played by each service in actual operations in the area of responsibility of different Unified Commands.