The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) on Friday graduated its second batch of locally trained Special Forces (SF) Instructors as part of efforts to build added capacity to address the current security challenges in the Country.
Air Commodore Ibikunle Daramola, the NAF Director of Public Relations and Information made this known in a statement on Friday.
Daramola said the graduation of SF Instructors Course 2/2019, comprised 51 officers and men, which brings the total number of locally trained instructors to 95.
He informed that the graduation ceremony, held at the Regiment Training Centre (GTC) Outdoor Shooting Range Kaduna, and featured complex counter-terrorism demonstration exercises by the graduating students, including vehicular and foot assaults.
Daramola also disclosed that the training of SF locally has saved the Nation considerable foreign exchange whilst ensuring the domestication of SF training.
According to the statement, the Chief of the Army Staff, Air Marshal Abubakar expressed delight with the impressive display by the graduands whilst commending RTC’s efforts in producing another set of locally trained SF instructors which, he said, would increase capacity to sustain the training of NAF SF.
He noted that the NAF had, in the past 4 years, relied on the services of the Israeli Four Troops Team to train its SF personnel but had, over the years, gradually built capacity to domesticate the training.
He further disclosed that the NAF was poised to increase RTC’s training capacity with the establishment of training centre annexes at Ipetu-Ijesha in Osun State, Owerri in Imo State and Bauchi in Bauchi State to maximize terrain training for the SF personnel.
The CAS urged the graduands to sustain the level of performance and exhibit the highest levels of professionalism in their future conduct as part of the frontline in the defence of the nation.
He equally charged them to maintain and possibly exceed the standards set by their predecessors from the initial instructors’ training course.
The Commandant RTC, in his address noted that the before now, the SF training had been conducted abroad in various countries such as Belarus, Jordan and Pakistan. However, in line with CAS key driver in relation to human capacity development, the Four Troop Team was employed to conduct training for SF personnel as instructors at the RTC.
While giving highlights of the 10-week intensive training programme, the Commandant stated that the graduands underwent technical, tactical and basic night shooting; endurance training; dry drills; breaking and entry; discharge from vehicles; running and breaking of covers; convoy movement as well as weapon and ballistic zeroing, amongst others. It would be recalled that the initial SF Instructor Course1/2018 was conducted at RTC in October 2018.
Awards were given to students who distinguished themselves during the course.