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Philippine air force FA-50 jets join interoperability exercise in Palawan


The Palawan-based Western Command is currently holding a joint exercise that seeks to boost the interoperability of all its service branch. The DAGIT PA 2018 (Dagat, Langit Lupa), a form of Armed Forces of the Philippines Joint Exercise (Ajex), kicked off last July 23 and will last until Friday (Aug. 3), said Wescom public affairs chief Captain Cherryl Tindog. The early phase of the exercise included a staff exercise, with participants training for contingency, crisis action planning, and control of joint forces.


Philippine air force FA 50 jets join interoperability exercise in Palawan2 FA-50 advanced trainer of the Philippine Air Force (Picture source: YouTube)


Three FA-50 lead-in fighter trainers of the Philippine Air Force arrived on Monday 30 July for the field training exercise. The unilateral DAGIT PA drills is on its fourth iteration this year.

While Palawan is close to the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea), the field training exercise will be staged on the opposite side, the eastern part of Palawan or facing the Sulu Sea. “We are thrilled to have our fighter jets joining the FTX phase of this year’s AJEX in WESCOM’s area of operations, along with our naval assets and ground troopers, because this will give us the opportunity to test our interoperability doctrine, jointness, and readiness as One AFP,” said Wescom chief Lt. Gen. Rozzano Briguez. He said the joint exercise will enhance their “ability to respond to any contingency in the future.”