NAF, US Air Force to co-host African Partnership Flight workshop

The combined mil­itary training or­ganised by the United States Air Force (USAF) Command in Europe in partnership with the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) has opened in Lagos.

The week-long pro­gramme with the theme: “Aeromedical Evacua­tion and Medical De­ployment”, commenced yesterday at the Sam Ethnan Air Force Base, Ikeja and will bring to­gether countries in Af­rica to simulate a com­bined security and humanitarian environ­ment.

While declaring the programme open, the special guest of no and Governor of Lagos State, Mr Akinwumi Ambode, said that the training was a welcome development as it was an indication that the Nigerian Armed Forc­es, as represented by the NAF were committed to regional peace and sta­bility through combined training.

Ambode said: “I would therefore like to specially commend the USAF and the NAF for organising this pro­gramme, which is ulti­mately aimed at build­ing our capacity to jointly tackle the men­ace of insurgency with­in and outside our bor­ders. It is no news that the NAF is one of the leading organisations that have impacted pos­itively in the lives of the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in the North East, in addition to the outstanding per­formance in their tradi­tional role of defending the territorial integrity of Nigeria.”

Earlier, the Chief of the Air Staff (CAS), Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, remarked that the programme could not have come at a more appropriate time than now, consid­ering the great need for proper medical care in and outside the theatre of operations.

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