The Chief of the Air Staff ,CAS Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, has said the Nigerian Air Force, NAF has immensely benefitted from its approach to aircraft reactivation.
The Chief of the Air Staff said this on the final day of his 2-day operational visit to the NAF’s 115 Special Operations Group (SOG) in Port Harcourt, where he inspected 2 NAF helicopters that were undergoing reactivation.
He expressed satisfaction with the progress of work, which when completed, would further boost the operational effectiveness of the NAF.
“The helicopters undergoing reactivation include one Dauphin Helicopter, being reactivated at the facility of AeroContractors in Port Harcourt, and one Mi-35P Helicopter, being reactivated by some foreign experts in conjunction with NAF technicians in Port Harcourt.”
The CAS later visited the operational wing of 115 SOG, where he was briefed on the Unit’s contributions to the operations in the North-East and in the South-South of the country.
Air Marshal Abubakar also inspected other ongoing projects in the Unit.
The projects inspected included the nearly completed Base Defence Coordination Centre, from where all the measures towards protecting the Unit’s air assets would be coordinated.
He also visited the Unit’s Medical Centre, which was being modified to accommodate X-ray and dialysis equipment. The medical centre was also being expanded to create an additional ward.
Director of Public Relations and Information Nigerian Air Force, Air Commodore Olatokunbo Adesanya said “the NAF now carries out major maintenance on its aircraft locally, either in conjunction with local companies or by inviting foreign experts to come and carry out the reactivation in Nigeria”.
Air Commodore Adesanya added that apart from the huge cost savings in foreign currency, more of NAF technicians are gaining technical expertise while the reactivation turnaround times are now reduced.
According to Adesanya, the CAS and his team also witnessed a ground instruction class, in which an experienced civilian pilot from AeroContractors was teaching young NAF pilots. Air Marshal Abubakar commended AeroContractors for making its services available to the NAF at no cost.
It would be recalled that the CAS commenced the operational visit to 115 SOG Port Harcourt on 7 July 2017, when he called for support from relevant civilian organisations and companies in the NAF’s fight against insecurity in Nigeria.