In its continued efforts to spice up its airlift and fight help functionality for Armed Forces’ operations throughout the nation, the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) on the twenty ninth of January 2020, ‘accepted’ again into service one other C-130H plane, NAF 913, after a profitable Periodic Depot Maintenance (PDM) throughout the nation on the 631 Aircraft Maintenance Depot (631 ACMD), Ikeja, Lagos.
According to its spokesman, Air Commodore Ibikunle Daramola, this brings to 2 the variety of C-130H plane efficiently reactivated in-country throughout the house of 1 yr after NAF 917 was commissioned on 24 June 2019 upon completion of in-country PDM.
Air Commodore Daramola in a press release famous that NAF 917 has since been concerned in so many missions each inside and out of doors the nation, together with the supply of reduction supplies to flood victims in Mozambique and Zimbabwe in addition to the motion of logistics for ongoing operations nationwide.
Also inducted at present have been 3 extra Toyota Land Cruiser “Buffalo” automobiles for Base Defence as a part of persevering with willpower to make sure the safety of the NAF crucial property and infrastructure which might allow it to challenge Air Power successfully. The extra Base Defence automobiles would additionally present elevated mobility to NAF patrol and speedy response groups within the conduct of their important duties.
While presiding over the acceptance formalities for the newly reactivated plane, the Chief of the Air Staff (CAS), Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, who expressed his delight over the profitable completion of the PDM, famous that the added heavy airlift platform would enhance the operational effectivity of the NAF.
According to him, it might give the required impetus for a immediate deployment of troops and the supply of logistical help required for operational effectiveness in all theatres of operation.
“This accomplishment is a clear manifestation that our efforts at enhancing self-reliance are gradually producing the desired outcome”, he mentioned.
The CAS famous that among the advantages of the in-country PDM embody super financial savings of overseas alternate for the nation in addition to important enhancements within the NAF human useful resource capability and competence, thereby repositioning the NAF for higher service supply.
He expressed optimism that within the close to future, the 631 ACMD would have developed capability to transition into a certified Regional Maintenance Repair Organization (MRO) for the C-130 plane kind that might not solely conduct PDM and different main upkeep actions on NAF C-130s but additionally for plane of different air forces within the Region.
Speaking additional, Air Marshal Abubakar acknowledged that the modest accomplishments up to now achieved by the Service had tremendously enhanced the serviceability of the NAF plane fleets and boosted its functionality to challenge Air Power inside and past the shores of the nation.
Apart from the commissioned C-130H, the CAS mentioned, the NAF is equally enterprise the native reactivation of three Alpha Jets and one Mi-35P helicopter.
“It is also my belief that in a few months ahead, we will also be here to commission the third C-130H, that is, NAF 918”, he famous.
He mentioned the native capability enhancement efforts are according to the Federal Government’s insurance policies and aspirations that encourage Ministries, Departments and Agencies to look inwards and evolve revolutionary options to the myriad of challenges the nation is confronted with.
In line with this, he mentioned, the NAF would proceed to pursue its capability constructing initiatives by way of the conduct of native PDM of all plane sorts. He pressured that this might undoubtedly allow the Service to fulfil its major obligations as offered within the structure of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and to satisfy a broad vary of nationwide safety imperatives.
While concluding his remarks, the CAS appreciated Messrs Shaheen Foundation of Pakistan for his or her contribution in direction of the well timed completion of the upkeep actions on the plane, whereas additionally congratulating all of the Pakistan Air Force (PAF) and NAF engineers and technicians who participated within the well-executed challenge.
He urged the NAF engineers and technicians who participated within the challenge to make the very best use of the data acquired throughout the PDM by successfully making use of the identical within the conduct of future upkeep on the C-130H fleet.
While commending the Commander of 631 ACMD and his workforce for a job effectively completed, the CAS famous that the nice achievements being recorded by the NAF in varied theatres of operation throughout the nation couldn’t have been doable with out the continued and tireless help of the President, Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, President Muhammadu Buhari.
He additionally thanked the National Assembly, particularly the Chairmen and Members of the Senate and House Committees on the Air Force for his or her help in guaranteeing appropriation of funds for the execution of the challenge. While additional expressing his gratitude to the Federal Government for its help, the CAS mentioned: “we will continue to sustain our efforts towards enhancing the security of our nation which is critical to nation-building”.
In his welcome deal with, the Air Officer Commanding (AOC) Logistics Command (LC), Air Vice Marshal (AVM) Lawal Alao, acknowledged that the contract for the in-country PDM of NAF 913 was awarded to Messrs Shaheen Foundation in April 2019 and was additionally geared toward bettering in-depth upkeep capability of NAF engineers and technicians at 631 ACMD.
The AOC, whereas expressing his profound gratitude to the CAS for giving the Command the help and encouragement wanted to push the NAF to higher heights, famous that the commissioning and acceptance ceremony of the C-130H plane marked the tip of the in-country PDM, which is a calendar inspection carried out at 4-year intervals or after each 4,000 flying hours.
Earlier, whereas giving highlights of the PDM challenge, the Commander 631 ACMD, AVM Moses Onilede, acknowledged that, aside from the wonderful, cost-effective and well timed execution of the job, the association with Shaheen Foundation and PAF (SF-PAF) included the conduct of structured in-class and On-the-Job Training (OJT) to construct the capability of 19 NAF technicians, while refreshing their data on Airframe, Avionics/Electrical and Power Plant.
He added that 3 NAF personnel have been additionally educated in de-painting, chemical mixtures and portray. Furthermore, he disclosed that there have been different worth additions which included the supply of some specialised floor help gear fabricated by the SF-PAF Team throughout the PDM in addition to the reactivation of unserviceable Hangar infrastructure, a few of which had not been in use for the reason that Nineteen Seventies.
The spotlight of the colorful ceremony was the commissioning and inspection of NAF 913. The occasion additionally featured the award of certificates to the NAF technicians educated throughout the PDM in addition to a short hand over/take over ceremony, with the signing of the Aircraft Documentation for NAF 913 by the Shaheen Foundation consultant and Chief of Aircraft Engineering Headquarters (HQ) NAF, AVM Musibau Olatunji, earlier than handover of the Document to the CAS.
As a part of the ceremony, the CAS additionally inspected the fabricated floor help gear and inducted 3 new ProfessionalForce Base Defence Toyota Land Cruiser “Buffalo” automobiles.
Other dignitaries in attendance on the ceremony have been Branch Chiefs from HQ NAF, the General Officer Commanding 81 Division, Flag Officer Commanding Western Naval Command, AOC Mobility Command, Deputy Commandant Armed Forces Resettlement Centre in addition to Commanders and senior officers from Units in Lagos space.