The Nigerian Air Force (NAF), says it has begun the training of 450 “carefully selected” regiment personnel as Special Forces.
NAF Director of Public Relations and Information, Air Commodore Olatokunbo Adesanya, who said 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.
AVM Samson Akpasa, the Air Officer Commanding, Ground Training Command, who inaugurated the training exercise, said that the exercise became necessary to ensure a robust counter-force to respond to insurgencies.
Akpasa added that the counter force had become necessary in view of threats to security such as the north east insurgency.
“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.
Group Captain Isaac Subi, Commandant of NAF Regiment Training Centre, who also spoke at the ceremony, said 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.