JThe Nigerian Air Force (NAF), in conjunction with the British Military Advisory Training Team, has trained 145 Advanced Special Forces Officers, known as the Nigerian Air Force Panthers, who will be deployed to troubled areas to help address the security challenges besetting the country.
Of the 285 people nominated for the course, 150 were found fit but 145 graduated at the end of the course.
Speaking at the graduation ceremony of Advanced Special Operations Course 1/2022 at the Regimental Training Center Annex, Nigerian Air Force Special Operations Command, Bauchi, Chief of Air Staff Air Marshal Oladayo Amao expressed optimism that graduating students have absorbed the necessary skills required to conduct special operations in line with achieving the Air Force’s operational objectives. Nigerian air.
Amao, who was represented by Chief of Policy and Plans, Air Vice Marshal Charles Ohwo, said that in pursuit of his vision to improve and sustain the essential airpower capabilities needed for the Employing the joint force in pursuit of national security imperatives, the Nigerian Air Force has so far trained approximately 5,000 regimental personnel and 2,000 special operations forces personnel.
The Commander of the British Military Advisory Training Team, Colonel Rory Shannon, described the UK’s relationship with Nigeria and its military as “deep-rooted and very strong”.