Air Chief, Field Commanders Strategize on Sustainable Warfare, as NAF Launches Operation RUWAN WUTA in Northern Borno

BY ODILI CHRISTEL

As part of the final offensive military campaign against the Boko Haram insurgents in the Northeast, the Nigerian Air Force

has launched a new phase of Air Component Code named “Operation RUWAN WUTA”. The latest offensive action is  a special operation design to stamp out some pinpoints element of the insurgents in the Northeast.

The Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar disclosed this recently during the Third Quarter meeting with Branch Chiefs, Air Officers Commanding (AOCs) and Commanders of various NAF units, in Abuja.

In the same vein, the Nigerian Air Force has said it has recorded tremendous successes in its operations against insurgency, the Air Chief, while addressing the field commanders noted that reports from units indicated that the NAF was making substantial progress in the discharge of its constitutional responsibilities. “Since the last meeting, we have flown over 1,077 hours in Operation LAFIYA DOLE, consuming about 1,032,000 litres of aviation fuel in the process”, the CAS said.

According to him, "NAF had made significant progress in the training of pilots in the last 3 months and also graduated 16 student pilots at 401 Flying Training School (FTS) Kaduna, adding that it was the first time in 32 years that the NAF would graduate cadets from 401 FTS. The CAS noted that, aircraft availability in 401 FTS Kaduna had increased by about 300 per cent from the three trainer aircraft in 2015.

The CAS stressed that, so far, NAF has recruited over 4,900 persons out of which 1,900 had completed training as airmen/airwomen and deployed to various units while another 1,500 are undergoing training, with another 1,500 scheduled to commence training afterwards."In addition, 406 have been enlisted into the Service out of which 206 have been commissioned as Direct Short Service officers while 200 would commence cadet training on 16 September 2017", he said .

Speaking on NAF's humanitarian intervention schemes, the CAS said that,  NAF has  provided free surgical interventions to about 133 Internally Displaced Persons out of 201 that were treated.

His words,  "the NAF is intervening to provide succour to victims of the recent Makurdi Flood. Similarly, the NAF has projected airpower beyond Nigeria’s territory within the same period, through its C-130H aircraft that was used to deliver relief materials to victims of the mudslide in Sierra Leone.

The CAS while attributing the successes recorded to the collective contributions of all the principal staff officers and field commanders, he tasked  that they redouble their efforts towards making further progress.

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