Published on: Aug 01 2017 at 09:37 am | Nnamdi [ 378 ]

The Nigerian Air Force (NAF), says it has
commenced the training of 450 “carefully selected”
regiment personnel as Special Forces.

NAF Director of Public Relations and Information,
Air Commodore Olatokunbo Adesanya, who
disclosed this in a statement on Monday in Abuja,
explained that the training would be conducted in
three batches.

“Training for the first batch, comprising 150
personnel, took off this weekend at the NAF
Regiment Training Centre in Kaduna,” he said.

Adesanya said that the training was being handled
by ‘FOUR-TROOP’, a reputable foreign military
training organisation from Israel. He said that the
training would develop the capacity of the
personnel to fight under all types of terrains and
weather conditions.

“At the end of the nine-week training, successful
participants will be deployed to defend NAF air
assets and bases, as well as critical national
infrastructure and assets.
“The Special Forces will also be required to take
the battle to the adversaries, whenever necessary,”
he said.

Adesanya quoted AVM Samson Akpasa, the Air
Officer Commanding, Ground Training Command,
who inaugurated the training exercise, as saying
that the exercise became necessary to ensure a
robust counter-force to respond to insurgencies.

He further quoted Akpasa as saying that the
counter force had become necessary in view of
threats to security by insurgents, militants, oil
thieves, cattle rustlers and kidnappers.

“As conflicts become more complex and diverse, a
force multiplier unit such as the Special Forces will
enable us gain an upper hand in tactical battles,”
the official also noted.

The statement quoted Akpasa as thanking the
foreign partners, especially the ‘FOUR TROOP”
company, for accepting to conduct the training in
Nigeria.

It also quoted Group Captain Isaac Subi,
Commandant of NAF Regiment Training Centre,
who also spoke at the ceremony, as saying that
NAF Regiment Specialty was a blend of the Army
Infantry and Artillery Corps.
Subi also described the Special Forces as an
invaluable adjunct to conventional forces capable
of sophisticated, specialised and measured
response in complex air-ground environments
covering both land and sea areas.
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