- Another batch of Nigerian Air Force (NAF) personnel have graduated from the Basic Regiment Airmen's Course
- The personnel were trained in special warfare by the British Military Assistance Training Team (BMATT)
- The Chief of the Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar noted that the training was part of the capacity building initiative of the NAF towards protecting the base
The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) has graduated another batch of 298 regiment personnel trained in special warfare by the British Military Assistance Training Team (BMATT).
NAIJ.com gathered that Of the graduating personnel, 235 went through the Basic Regiment Airmen's Course to enhance their capacity for airfield defence.
The additional six-week special warfare course was aimed at developing the capacity of personnel in force protection in complex air ground environment.
Some of the personnel also received classes on instructional techniques to enable them train other NAF personnel in special warfare.
Speaking at the graduation ceremony, the Guest of Honour, the Chief of the Air Staff (CAS), Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, reiterated the commitment of the NAF to human capacity development.
The CAS noted that the special warfare training became necessary to protect the limited resources available, including critical air assets, to undertake the NAF's statutory responsibilities. He urged graduands to optimize the gains of their training in such a way that it would add value to the society, assuring them of the NAF's continued commitment to the creation of a conducive environment for training and effective discharge of their duties.
Air Marshal Abubakar further charged the graduating regiment personnel to have respect for the rule of law and human rights in the discharge of their duties. “Our social contract with the Nigerian people is one we cannot afford to take for granted, especially now that much more responsibilities are vested in us”, he said.
In their remarks, both the Chairman Senate Committee on Air Force, who was represented by Senator Aliyu Wakili, and the Chairman House Committee on Air Force, Honourable Samson Okwu, were full of praises for the NAF leadership owing to the evident progress made by the NAF in recent times.
They also promised to continue doing their best to encourage the NAF by giving every necessary support. Given the importance of bases in the air power delivery matrix, the training would enable the regiment personnel to respond to a wide range of situations that might threaten NAF bases across the country.
To further demonstrate the importance attached to regiment training, it would be recalled that the CAS only recently joined the NAF Regiment personnel during a bush exercise organised in Kaduna.
A total of 66 instructors from BMATT were involved in the training programme.
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Earlier, NAIJ.com reported that the Nigerian Air Force on Friday, July 14, took delivery of the first batch of 5 out of 10 Super Mushshak aircraft being expected from Pakistan.
A statement by the NAF's director of public relations and information, Air Commodore Olatokunbo Adesanya said the first batch of the trainer aircraft was received on arrival by the air officer commanding air training command, Air Vice Marshal Chris Okoye.
It was gathered that they are meant for the primary flying training of NAF pilots at 401 Flying Training School, Kaduna.
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