Maritime Security: Special Mission Aircraft To Operate From P/Harcourt, CAS Says

…As he commissions CT Scan, New Accommodation Facilities



Chief of the Air Staff (CAS), Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar and a block of 30 x one bedroom accommodation for airmen at the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) Base Port Harcourt






The Chief of the Air Staff (CAS), Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, has disclosed that the 115 Special Operations Group (115 SOG) in Port Harcourt would be taking on more roles in the area of maritime security.

He said it would serve as one of the operating bases for the three special mission aircraft being deployed to Benin as part of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) Deep Blue Sea Project, aimed at comprehensively addressing insecurity and criminality in Nigeria’s territorial waters and Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ).

The CAS made this known on Wednesday, January 20, 2021, while commissioning a Computerized Tomography Scan (CT Scan) machine and a block of 30 x one bedroom accommodation for airmen at the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) Base Port Harcourt.

The acquisition and installation of tha CT Scan facility at the NAF Reference Hospital Port Harcourt is aimed at enhancing medical services to personnel and their families as well as the NAF’s host communities.

The CAS, while highlighting the crucial role 115 SOG plays in supporting the NAF’s operations in various Theatres across the country, further noted that, given the imminent delivery of the special mission aircraft, the NAF had begun the upgrade of infrastructural facilities on its Port Harcourt Base, to ensure that personnel remain focused on their tasks and contribute in adding value to the Service. He noted that the new CT Scan machine had been installed with this in mind, whilst the Air Force Secondary School (AFSS) was being upgraded to a Comprehensive Secondary School with the construction of male and female students’ hostels currently ongoing.

According to him, “the NAF has been providing the much-needed air support at various Theatres of Operation across the Country, in which 115 SOG plays very crucial roles. In recognition of the crucial roles being played by the officers and men of 115 SOG in achieving the noble objective, the NAF has intensified efforts to address the challenge of inadequate living accommodation for airmen/airwomen whilst taking steps to improve educational and healthcare delivery facilities for personnel and their families”.

According to Ibikunle Daramola, Air Vice Marshal, Director of Public Relations and Information
Nigerian Air Force, Air Marshal Abubakar commended the Air Officer Commanding Tactical Air Command (AOC TAC), Air Vice Marshal (AVM) Olusegun Philip, as well as the Commander 115 SOG, Group Captain Dooyum Laha, and his personnel for their efforts towards ensuring the security of the Nation. He stated that the NAF Headquarters, on its part, would continue to provide all necessary support to enable the Unit function more effectively and efficiently.

While fielding questions from journalists on the NAF’s ongoing contributions to the fight against COVID-19, the CAS noted that the Service has continued to provide Liquid Oxygen (LOX) from its Plant at the 103 Strike Group (103 STG) Yola and airlifting them to COVID-19 Management Centres in Abuja and other locations across the country and the West African Health Organization (WAHO) which is often assisted to distribute purchased oxygen to 13 Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) countries to help curb the spread of the virus.

In his welcome address, the AOC TAC, while expressing gratitude to the CAS for the various laudable projects on the Base, noted that the CT Scan facility would undoubtedly enhance the provision of qualitative healthcare services for NAF personnel and their families as well as host communities in Rivers State and indeed the entire Niger Delta Region of the Country.

Others present at the event were the Joint Task Force Commander, Operation DELTA SAFE (OPDS), Rear Admiral Akinjide Akinrinade, and NAF Branch Chiefs as well as Service Commanders and Heads of Security Agencies in Port Harcourt. Before leaving Port Harcourt, the CAS also inspected ongoing construction work at the AFSS Port Harcourt as well as other projects on the Base.