The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) is set to partner Caverton Helicopters in the areas of maintenance of its rotary-wing aircraft, capacity development of its engineers, technicians, and pilots as well as software support.
It also disclosed that the partnership is part of the NAF’s continued efforts to ensure adequate and increased serviceability of its aircraft to boost the tempo of its air operations to tackle insurgency and other forms of criminality in the country.
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Nigerian Air Force, Air Vice-Marshal Ibikunle Daramola made this disclosure in a statement in Abuja.
He further explained that the partnership is also in tandem with Presidential Executive Order No 5 for the development of local content in science, engineering, and technology.
He added that this was revealed by the Chief of the Air Staff (CAS), Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, during his visit to Caverton Helicopters Limited in Ikeja, Lagos.
AVM Daramola noted that the CAS, who was accompanied on the visit by some Branch Chiefs, Commandant Armed Forces Resettlement Centre, Air Officer Commanding Logistics Command, and other senior officers, was warmly received by the Chairman Caverton Offshore Support Group, Mr Aderemi Makanjuola and other Senior Management Staff of the Company and conducted on a tour of the new Maintenance Repair and Overhaul (MRO) Facility as well as the Caverton Aviation Training Centre.
While noting the critical importance of partnerships between the military and the private sector, especially when a country is fighting a war, the Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar said the Caverton Helicopters had grown in leaps and bounds since the last time he visited the Company’s facilities in Port Harcourt.
He noted that the NAF would benefit immensely from the Company’s expansion in the area of training and maintenance of its helicopters.
He further noted that fighting a war was not just about bullets, bombs, and rockets but required the participation of all segments of society, including the private sector.
“When a country is fighting a war, all hands must be on deck to succeed and ensure that the nation is secured and the people can pursue their legitimate aspirations without fear,” he said.
He further disclosed that the NAF would immediately start sending technicians and pilots for simulator training at the Caverton Helicopter Level D Simulator, once completed.
The Chairman of Caverton Offshore Support Group, Mr Aderemi Makanjuola said that Caverton Helicopters, a 100 per cent indigenous Company, has many things to thank the NAF for; one of which was the fact that many retired NAF officers were now working with the Company.
He said the areas of training collaboration include type-rating courses, recurrency training as well as search and rescue training, amongst others.
He said the company would also be offering type-rating training for the engineers.
The Chairman promised that the Company would work assiduously with the NAF to ensure that everything the Service requires to succeed is provided and delivered with utmost urgency and transparency
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