The United States Department of Defence has promised to enhance its defence cooperation with the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) in the fight against insurgency and other forms of criminality.
The U.S. Department also assured the Service of its commitment towards strengthening the strategic partnership.
Channels TV reports that this was disclosed in a statement signed on Tuesday, January 5, 2021, by NAF’s Director of Public Relations and Information, Air Vice Marshal Ibikunle Daramola.
The assurance was given by the Secretary of the United States Air Force (USAF), Hon. Barbara Barrett, who was on a courtesy visit to the Chief of the Air Staff (CAS), Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, at the Headquarters NAF (HQ NAF) Abuja.
She paid the visit in company of the United States Ambassador to Nigeria Ambassador Mary Beth Leonard.
Hon. Barrett noted that the partnership with the NAF would be in the areas of equipment and platform acquisition, training, as well as additional opportunities in the area of air operations, amongst others.
She said the partnership had become necessary to further enhance professionalism and build the needed capacity for the effective and efficient employment of airpower.
Secretary USAF noted that the United States (US) was aware of the security challenges confronting Nigeria and therefore reassured the NAF of her support.
She, therefore, expressed her appreciation to the CAS for the warm reception accorded her and her team.
In his remarks, the CAS described Hon. Barrett’s visit as a demonstration of the commitment of partnership between the two countries’ air forces; noting that the US played a significant role in the successes being recorded in the theatre of operations of the NAF.
He disclosed that NAF personnel had been trained in various specialties in the US, with some currently undergoing training.