Wednesday 16th May 2018
RAF personnel from RAF Lossiemouth have travelled to Kaduna, Nigeria to train the Nigerian Air Force Regiment and Air Police in Force Protection.
The personnel from 5 Force Protection Wing have deployed to conduct a six week Short Term Training Team task at Kaduna Airbase.
The Lossiemouth detachment is made up of six specialisations from across the RAF, and has travelled to Kaduna to deliver intensive courses in Air Force Protection, military policing, conceptual planning, instructing and intelligence.
The Nigerian personnel undergoing training include personnel who will deploy to the North East of Nigeria to join the fight against Boko Haram immediately after the courses.
SAC Jamie Massie (23), on his second STTT to Nigeria, said:
“It’s a great opportunity to work with a foreign armed force and share our skills and drills”.
“I joined the RAF Regt to travel the world and it’s great to do it on the 100th anniversary of the RAF” added SAC Massie.
The 5 FP Wg deployment is part of wider ongoing programme of Defence Engagement being conducted by the British military in Nigeria. The RAF element is currently focused on delivering FP training to the Nigerian Airforce FP Force at the request of the Nigerian Government.
The Nigerian military is currently fighting Boko Haram in the North East of the country. Attacks on Nigerian Air Bases by the terrorists resulted in the request to the UK for bespoke Air FP training and 5 FP Wg have been tasked to share their expertise in this field over 5 years.
Top image: RAF Regiment Gunners carry out acclimatisation training so they can operate in the heat and humidity.