Coun­terin­sur­gency: NAF Grad­u­ates 769 UK-trained Spe­cial Forces

THISDAY - - NEWS - Kings­ley Nwezeh in Abuja

De­ter­mined to rout ter­ror­ist group, Boko Haram in the North-east, the Nige­rian Air Force yesterday grad­u­ated 769 spe­cial forces trained in part­ner­ship with the Bri­tish Mil­i­tary Ad­vi­sory Train­ing Team (BMATT).

The graduands bring to 2, 351 spe­cial forces trained un­der the part­ner­ship agree­ment since 2015.

They were trained in ba­sic and ad­vanced reg­i­ment cour­ses, in­clud­ing spe­cialised cour­ses such as the Force Pro­tec­tion in Com­plex Air and Ground En­vi­ron­ment (FPCAGE), Spe­cial Forces In­struc­tors’ Course (SFIC) and Com­bat Search and Res­cue (CSAR) Course, at the Reg­i­ment Train­ing Cen­tre (RTC), Kaduna.

In his re­marks at the grad­u­a­tion cer­e­mony, the Chief of the Air Staff (CAS), Air Mar­shal Sadique Abubakar, noted that the gradua- tion of 769 NAF per­son­nel drawn from the reg­i­ment, air po­lice and in­tel­li­gence spe­cial­ties, was in­deed a laud­able achieve­ment which would im­mensely con­trib­ute to the fight against in­sur­gency and other forms of crim­i­nal­ity whilst also en­hanc­ing the ex­e­cu­tion of the NAF Base De­fence Ar­chi­tec­ture.

The CAS added that since he as­sumed of­fice, the NAF had con­tin­ued to build a sus­tain­able and func­tional air force that “is highly re­spon­sive to Nige­ria’s con­tem­po­rary se­cu­rity chal­lenges.”

Air Mar­shal Abubakar ex­plained fur­ther that the NAF had un­der­taken sev­eral air and ground re­lated ca­pac­ity build­ing ini­tia­tives which were meant to sig­nif­i­cantly en­able the Ser­vice to have depth, flex­i­bil­ity and ca­pa­bil­ity to op­er­ate ei­ther singly or jointly with sis­ter Ser­vices and other se­cu­rity agen­cies.

He noted that the de­sire to make the NAF the best in the sub-re­gion ne­ces­si­tated new plat­forms, equip­ment and spe­cialised train­ing.

He there­fore seized the op­por­tu­nity to thank the Com­man­derin-Chief of the Armed Forces, Pres­i­dent Muham­madu Buhari, for the pri­or­ity at­ten­tion given to the re­quire­ments of NAF which had re­sulted in the ac­qui­si­tion of 18 brand new air­craft in the last three years; with an­other 12 A-29 Su­per Tu­cano air­craft and six Agusta 109 Power He­li­copters be­ing ex­pected from the United States of Amer­ica and Italy, re­spec­tively.

He as­sured the Pres­i­dent that the Ser­vice would con­tinue to make ju­di­cious use of the re­sources en­trusted to it. He also spe­cially ap­pre­ci­ated BMATT, the Royal Air Force and the Gov­ern­ment of the United King­dom (UK) for their con­tin­ued sup­port and com­mit­ment to the NAF, in par­tic­u­lar, and Nige­ria, in gen­eral. He also ap­pre­ci­ated the Four Troop Team

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