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Boko Haram: NAF to deploy 769 newly trained Special Forces to Northeast

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Jude Johnson 

The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) is set to deploy 769 officers, airmen and women newly trained in special operations to  battle Boko Haram in the ongoing counter-terrorism and counter-insurgency efforts operations in parts of the North East Nigeria.

According to statement at the NAF Facebook page, the personnel had a combined graduation ceremony of various regiment courses including the Force Protection in Complex Air Ground Environment Course (FP-CAGE), Special Forces Instructors’ Course and Combat Search & Rescue (CSAR‬) Course.

The ocassion was on Thursday  graced by the Chief of the Air Staff (CAS), Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, was at the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) Regiment Training Centre (RTC),  Kaduna State.

“A total of 769 offrs and airmen/airwomen successfully completed the various courses and would be deployed to the frontlines to beef up the strength of troops in the fight against insurgency and other forms of criminality, while also improving NAF Base Defence architecture.

 

“‪As part of the ceremony, there were practical demonstrations by the graduating students of the various courses covering countering of low level air defence threat; insertion/extraction and CSAR exercise simulating the rescue of a downed pilot in a denied environment as well as an ambush denial drill,” part of the statement reads. ‬

 

‪With assistance from British Military Advisory Training Team (BMATT) and Four Troop Team, NAF RTC has trained 2,251 FP-CAGE and SF personnel in the past three years, significantly boosting @NigAirForce force protection and SF capability in line with the capacity building initiatives of the CAS. ‬

 

Photo highlights of the training:


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