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Asymmetric warfare: NAF unleashes additional 454 special forces on Boko Haram, others

Trains a total of 560 personnel on counter-terrorism this year Jude Johnson      The Nigerian Air Force (NAF), has graduated an additional 454 personnel as Special Forces on asymmetric warfare across the country, especially the in Boko Haram ravaged part of the North East.   The Director of Public Relations and Information (DOPRI), Air…
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  • Trains a total of 560 personnel on counter-terrorism this year

Jude Johnson 

 

 

The Nigerian Air Force (NAF), has graduated an additional 454 personnel as Special Forces on asymmetric warfare across the country, especially the in Boko Haram ravaged part of the North East.

 

The Director of Public Relations and Information (DOPRI), Air Vice Marshal (ACM)  Olatokunbo Adesanya, in a statement on Friday said that on  November 30,  2017, graduated 18 officers and 436 airmen/airwomen in asymmetric warfare to further prosecute the war against insurgency and other criminalities in the country.

 

Adesanya said the specially trained personnel were equipped with necessary military skills on airfield defence, reaction to enemy effective fire during advance and quick attacks, night navigation drills, amongst others.

 

According to him, the combined graduation ceremony, which comprised Basic Regiment Officers’ Course, Basic Regiment Airmen Course, Gunnery II Course and Special Forces Course, took place at the NAF Regiment Training Centre (RTC) in Kaduna.

 

He listed various courses facilitated by a combination of NAF trained instructors deployed at RTC, Royal Air Force Regiment Personnel, who are part of the British Military Assistance Training Team (BMATT) as well as Four-Troop Limited, a reputable foreign military training organization from Israel, which the NAF had since engaged to conduct specialized training for about 450 selected NAF personnel in three batches.

 

Speaking, the Chief of the Air Staff (CAS), Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, who was represented by the Air Officer Commanding (AOC) Ground Training Command, Air Vice Marshal Samson Akpasa, noted that the just completed training was relevant to the protection of NAF platforms and bases.

 

According to Abubakar, it would also contribute in no small way to the ongoing fight against insurgency in the Northeastern part of the country.

 

He also commended the courage of the graduands, for withstanding the arduous physical activities in the course of their training.

 

While charging them to be prepared to give their best in the service of their fatherland, the CAS enjoined them to sustain the zeal and courage that would no doubt be required to face the challenges ahead.

 

He further encouraged the graduands to imbibe the spirit of teamwork and be always loyal, courageous and professional in the discharge of assigned tasks. Meanwhile, the CAS seized the opportunity to further appreciate the efforts and support of the Federal Government for its steadfastness and commitment in providing necessary funds for training and operational activities in the NAF.

 

He equally appreciated members of the BMATT, staff of Four-Troop Limited and other NAF partners for their respective roles in training the NAF Special Forces.

 

Earlier, the Commandant of the NAF RTC, Group Capt. Isaac Subi, stated that due to the operational requirements of the NAF, the Regiment courses were restructured to enhance the force and critical assets protection capability of the NAF.

 

He added that “the training modules include three distinct activities which include the acquisition of necessary skills, practicing of acquired skills and a display of competence in acquired skills through consistent field exercise. These great feats were achieved through classroom lectures, practical demonstrations and field exercises which cover a wide range of counter terrorism technicalities”.

 

Also, the NAF Spokesperson said that during the ceremony, the graduating personnel demonstrated their newly acquired skills through a series of exercises that demonstrated the integration of the air and ground elements of the NAF, to the delight of guests.

 

Adesanya listed the displays to include: unarmed combats, tactical exercises and force protection drills. Awards were later presented to the most deserving students who had distinguished themselves in various areas during the courses.

 

“Another Special Forces training of 150 personnel will commence in January 2018. So far, the NAF has trained over 560 Special Forces personnel since 2015. Some of these personnel are serving in the North East and the newly established Quick Response Groups located in Gusau and Owerri,” he stated.

 

He stressed that the increased tempo of training in the NAF is part of the efforts by the current NAF leadership at ensuring that every necessary capacity is developed to enhance the defence of Nigeria’s territorial integrity.

 

 

Photospeak: NAF training and simulation exercises, assisted by the British Military Assistance Training Team (BMATT) as well as Four-Troop Limited, a reputable foreign military training organization from Israel.

                                        

 

 

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