NAF Decorates 12 Pilot

NAF Decorates 12 Pilot

The Chief of the Air Staff, Air Marshal Hasan Abubakar, recently celebrated the graduation of 12 new combat pilots from the Basic Flying Course-20 at the 403 Flying Training School in Kano. This achievement was announced by the Director of Public Relations and Information, Nigerian Air Force, Air Commodore Edward Gabkwet.

Charging the Pilots

Air Marshal Abubakar urged the pilots to make the most of their training and contribute their best to maintain the successes achieved in various operations across the country. He emphasized that the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) has been actively conducting independent and joint operations to weaken criminals and limit their actions. To continue these efforts, the NAF needs new and enthusiastic pilots to enhance their operations.

Investment in the NAF

Air Marshal Abubakar highlighted the significant support provided by the Federal Government in terms of platforms and equipment to combat terrorism, insurgency, and other criminal activities. However, he also acknowledged that acquiring new platforms brings challenges in terms of manpower, training, and operating costs. To address this, the NAF has developed a three-year training plan starting from January 2024 to bridge the current manpower gaps.

Security Environment

The air chief reminded the newly winged pilots about the fluid and unpredictable security environment in Nigeria. He mentioned the threats posed by terrorists in the North, the rise in banditry and kidnapping activities across the country, secessionist groups in the South-East, and the theft of crude oil in the South-South. These challenges continue to jeopardize Nigeria’s unity, cohesion, and economic well-being.

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Continual Strive for Excellence

Air Marshal Abubakar emphasized that the journey for the pilots is far from over. He urged them to constantly work towards elevating the NAF to greater heights and to remain vigilant in their efforts to ensure the safety and security of the nation.


The graduation of the Basic Flying Course-20 represents a significant milestone in producing fully qualified pilots for the NAF. With their skills and dedication, these combat pilots will play a crucial role in defending Nigeria against various threats and contributing to the nation’s security.

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