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NAF wings 12 new combat pilots


Twelve newly trained combat pilots have officially earned their wings from the Nigerian Air Force during a ceremony held at the 403 Flying Training School in Kano. 

These pilots, belonging to Basic Flying Course-20, were decorated by Chief of the Air Staff, Air Marshal Hasan Abubakar, who underscored the importance of their contributions to ongoing operations.

Air Marshal Abubakar urged the pilots to justify the substantial investments made in their training by demonstrating their skills and expertise in defending the nation. 

He highlighted the NAF’s unwavering commitment to conducting independent and joint operations aimed at dismantling criminal networks and safeguarding the country’s territorial integrity.

The infusion of new and vibrant pilots, according to Air Marshal Abubakar, is crucial to maintaining the momentum and effectiveness of these operations. 

He emphasized the recent acquisition of advanced aircraft and equipment, which necessitates a corresponding increase in trained personnel to operate and maintain these platforms.

Abubakar also noted that to address the anticipated manpower requirements, the NAF has developed a three-year training plan commencing in January 2024. 

For NAF to bridge the manpower gaps currently experienced, a three-year training plan to commence from January 2024 must be sustained amid the availability of funding.

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“It is in view of this projection that the graduation of the Basic Flying Course 20 is gladdening, as it serves to bridge the pilot deficiency gap,

Air Marshal Abubakar cautioned the newly winged pilots about the fluid and unpredictable security environment, characterized by threats posed by terrorists, bandits, and secessionist groups. He reminded them of their responsibility to uphold the NAF’s legacy of excellence and preserve Nigeria’s unity and security.