RAF Force Protection deployed a short term training team in Nigeria for a few weeks. RAF Force Protection consists of the Royal Air Force Police and the Royal Air Force Regiment who provided expert training to the Nigerian Air Force, teaching them various specialist skills and how to deal with various situations.
In the first week No. 5 Force Protection Wing completed week one of the Air Force Protection in the Complex Air Ground Environment (CAGE) package to the Nigerian Air Force Regiment and Police.
Teaching the students the vulnerability and criticality of Air Power; the complexity of the environment; the external and internal threats to an airbase; and how to mitigate those threats through a range of Active Defence, and Tactical Policing and Security measures.
Week one has focused on the principles of those activities and developing the range of skills that can be employed, from conflict management and stop and search for the Police, and counter threats for the Regiment.
Week two enabled the Nigerian Air Force Police with learning about the protection of their critical assets and the role of Air Transport Security, both aspects being key to enabling successful and effective Air Operations.
For the Nigerian Air Force Regiment this has started with learning about the Ground Defence Area, and how they can dominate the area around their Air Bases to protect their assets and deny their adversaries the freedom of movement to conduct attacks
No. 51 Squadron RAF Regiment Gunners, currently deployed in Nigeria delivering training to the Nigerian Air Force Regiment, ran a ½ Marathon to raise money for the RAF Benevolent Fund and Child Bereavement. Finishing on the highest peak on Nigerian Air Force Base Kaduna, known to the team as Lions Rock, it was a fitting end to good few weeks of training.
Complex Air Ground Environment (CAGE)
The Nigerian Air Force Regiment have started understanding the Complex Air Ground Environment (CAGE), the threats they may face and how to operate within this critical environment to enable the delivery of airpower. All training is being delivered by the Nigerian Regiment Training Centre Instructors, with members of No. 51 Squadron RAF Regiment providing oversight and mentorship
Graduation and Completion
No 4 RAF Police and Security Squadron completed the foundation package with the Nigerian Air Force Police, concentrating on General Police duties and Personal Safety Training No. 5 RAF Force Protection Wing also completed the Final Training Exercise with the Nigerian Air Force Regiment and Police. Conducted at Nigerian Air Force Kaduna, the exercise tested the Nigerian Regiment and Police across the fundamental areas of Airfield Defence and Security; preparing the students for the challenges they will face on current operations. The exercise draws to a close of training, graduating another 700 personnel, and arming them with the skills required to protect their airfields and critical infrastructure to enable the delivery of Nigerian airpower
The graduation ceremony took place, delivering Force Protection in the Complex Air Ground Environment training to the Nigerian Air Force Regiment and Police. The reviewing officer for the graduation was the Nigerian Chief of the Air Staff, Air Marshal S Abubakar. The graduation was also attended by Head of the British Defence Staff (West Africa), Air Commodore P Warwick CBE.