NAF Deploys More Special Forces Against Boko Haram
In continuation of the ongoing fight against Boko Haram terrorists, the Nigerian Airforce (NAF) has deployed airwomen and female air officers, known as Women of War, for military operations in the North-East.
The female military personnel, will assist other security personnel in the counter-insurgency fight against Boko Haram and other criminal elements according to according to Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshall Sadique Abubakar.
Naija News reports that Air Marshal Abubakar confirmed to PRNigeria that NAF is a gender-sensitive service that encouraged its personnel to explore their potentials without inhibition in the armed forces.
The Air Force Chief said: “We call them Women of War as they are well trained to engage in combat and combat support operations for peace, security and national development.
“The female personnel like their male counterparts, help in neutralizing insurgents during airstrike missions, while also providing tactical supports for the ground troops.
“Some of our airwomen and female officers are regular combatants who have completed specialised training at home and abroad. Some of them regularly fly Beechcraft, a special fighter plane used for gathering intelligence, carrying out surveillance and reconnaissance.
“In the last few months, they courageously flew our aircraft across North-Eastern states, especially in Borno and the fringe of Lake Chad to detect and strike at insurgents’ locations. They fly sometimes between four to six hours on the ISR platform.
“The Women of War have continued to showcase their professional capacity as fearless and courageous military personnel as pilots, loadmasters, aircraft maintenance engineers, aerospace engineers, armament specialists, squad leaders, combatants, loadmasters, Military police, and air traffic controllers among others.”
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