The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) has graduated another batch of Special Forces (SF) and Combat Search and Rescue (CSAR) personnel as part of its aggressive capacity building efforts to tackle various internal security challenges in the country.
The combined graduation ceremony was held on Saturday at the Regiment Training Centre (RTC) Annex in Bauchi state.
The graduating SF Course 6/2020, comprising 94 trainees is the eighth set to be trained by the NAF while the 32 trainees of CSAR Course 2/2020 are the second batch to be trained.
Speaking at the Graduation Ceremony, the Chief of the Air Staff (CAS), Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, urged the SF and CSAR personnel to channel their newly acquired skills to restore normalcy in restive parts of the country in line with the objectives of the NAF achieved its objectives.
Air Marshal Abubakar said the Special Operations Command (SOC) in Bauchi will complement efforts of the Quick Response Groups and Wings in Gusau, Owerri, Ipetu-Ijesha, Katsina, Birnin-Gwari, Agatu, Nguoroje and Doma as well as the CSAR Group in Kerang, Plateau State.
“I am happy to note that our SF personnel have performed commendably well when deployed for operations in conjunction with other security agencies in various areas of operation, thus, returning sanctity to distressed areas in the North West, North East and North Central.
“This shows that enhancing the capacity and capability of our personnel is the best way of ensuring the attainment of our operational goals”, the CAS said.
Abubakar also commissioned an Olympic Size Swimming Pool for training of Regiment and SF personnel to ensure that the trainees receive robust, well-rounded training, including watermanship skills, to enable them operate effectively in marine and riverine terrains.
Also at the event, Abubakar carried out an inspection of a 20-bed Isolation Ward at the 261 NAF Reference Hospital which will be equipped to respond to infectious diseases threats like the coronavirus pandemic.
Earlier, the NAF had embarked on mass production of face masks and Personal Protective Equipment (PPEs) as well as the provision of Liquid Oxygen to designated Hospitals and Isolation Centres across the country.
The CAS further disclosed that the Force has also continued to provide airlift for personnel of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) as well as medical equipment and supplies, whenever its services were required.
He said the NAF had so far flown over 300 hours of airlift missions in support of the Presidential Task Force for COVID-19.