NAF decorates 12 combat pilots, vows tough time for terrorists

The Chief of the Air Staff, Air Marshal Hasan Abubakar, has winged 12 new combat pilots from the Basic Flying Course-20 at the 403 Flying Training School, Kano.

This was according to a statement on Thursday by the Director of Public Relations and Information, Nigerian Air Force, Air Commodore Edward Gabkwet.

The CAS charged the pilots to justify the efforts and resources invested in their training by contributing their best towards sustaining the successes recorded in the various theatres of operation within the country.

Abubakar said that the NAF had continued to conduct independent and joint operations aimed at decimating the criminals and denying them freedom of action as well as shaping the operational environment in the various theatres.

He said the efforts could only be sustained with the injection of new and vibrant pilots to add energy and bite to the operations.

Abubakar said the new combat pilots were being injected at a time when NAF had immensely benefitted from the Federal Government’s determination to provide necessary platforms and equipment in the fight against terrorism, insurgency and other forms of criminality.

According to him, the acquisition of new platforms comes with the attendant consequences on manpower, training, and operating costs

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