British military trains 150 Nigerian Special Forces called Panthers, sets for deployment on war against terrorists.
Written by News Room on April 23, 2022
A British Military Advisory Training Team, in partnership with the Nigerian Air Force, has trained 150 Advanced Special Forces operatives to be deployed to troubled areas to help in tackling security challenges in the country.
The Special Forces, known as Nigerian Air Force Panthers, graduated yesterday at the Regiment Training Centre Annex, Special Operations Command of the Nigerian Air Force, Bauchi.
Speaking during the graduation ceremony, after the Advanced Special Operations Course 1/2022, the Air Officer Commanding, Ground Training Command, Air Vice Marshal Ibukunle Daramola said out of the 285 personnel nominated for the course, only 150 were found fit after a series of medical and physical screening and inaugurated to commence the course.
He added that the kinds of effects that Special Forces operations are able to deliver are very critical at this material time, considering the fact that present threats to our national security are from violent non-state actors waging terrorist and insurgent campaigns against the Government of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
Also speaking, the Commander, British Military Advisory Training Team, Col. Rory Shannon, described the United Kingdom’s relationship with Nigeria and with its military as “deep-rooted and very strong.