The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) has officially kicked off a six-weeks specialized warfare training of its personnel in Kaduna.
The training which is in collaboration with the British Military Assistance Training Team (BMATT) for selected NAF personnel is aimed at developing the capacity of the personnel to train others for Force Protection in a complex environment.
A statement signed by the Force’s Director of Public Relations and Information, Air Commodore Olatokunbo Adesanya said that the training is a continuation of the NAF’s efforts at strengthening its Base Defence system to be able to respond to a wide range of situations that might threaten NAF Bases across the country.
He recalled that the NAF only recently held a Base Defence Retreat and commissioned an electronic shooting range as well as the newly built Regiment Training Centre in Kaduna, in preparation for the commencement of the BMATT organized training.
The Chief of the Air Staff (CAS), Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, who was represented by the Air Officer Commanding, Training Command, Air Vice Marshal Christopher Okoye, urged the selected personnel, as the pioneering students of the programme who would in turn be involved in the training of other NAF personnel from the Regiment Specialty, to take full advantage of the programme.
He restated the commitment of the Service to capacity building, as indicated in the training facilities, which the NAF had just upgraded to enhance effective learning.
The CAS commended the BMATT for their partnership towards the training of NAF Regiment personnel and reiterated that the NAF would continue to support the BMATT organized training programme.
The NAF collaboration with BMATT, which commenced since 2016, is to last for 5 years and had so far resulted in the training of 656 personnel.
The BMATT programme is a six-weeks programme designed to run concurrently with the Basic Regiment Airmen’s Course. A total of 66 instructors from BMATT would be involved in the training programme.