The Chief of Defence Staff (CDS), General Abayomi Olonisakin, has commended the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) for its continued delivery of credible Air support in the North East and other parts of the country as well as across the West African Sub Region. The CDS gave this commendation during the Logistics Command (LC) Air Logistics Support Simulation Exercise (SIMEX) held at 631 Aircraft Maintenance Depot (631 ACMD), in Lagos.
A statement by the spokesperson NAF, Air Commodore Ibikunle Daramola said the SIMEX code named “OMO OLOJA”, meaning “the Trader” or “Peddler of Goods”, was designed on a scenario based on the need to provide rapid airlift of humanitarian relief materials to a fictitious nation of 37 provinces which had been devastated by natural disaster.
The CDS speaking on the importance of logistics to the successful conduct of contemporary military operations expressed delight for the flag off of the exercise.
“Without logistics, success cannot be guaranteed. You may plan the most audacious battle, manned by the most highly skilled personnel with the most advanced weapon systems; but if you don’t have ordinary drinking water for the troops, or lack the capacity to move men and material to the right place at the right time; all may come to nothing. That is why it is often said that ‘if you don’t have logistics you don’t have anything”, he said.
General Olonisakin also commended the NAF for its robust human capacity building initiatives which had enabled the Service perform its constitutional roles effectively.
While commending the CAS for organising the SIMEX, he noted that the exercise would further build NAF’s capacity to provide efficient and timely logistics support for the effective conduct of operations of the Nigerian Armed Forces.
Earlier in his opening remarks, the Chief of the Air Staff (CAS), Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, highlighted the importance of Air Power in modern warfare saying its not only in offensive and defensive roles but also in collection of credible and timely intelligence and the swift and efficient airlift of forces within and across theatres of operation.
Earlier in his welcome address, the Air Officer Commanding LC (AOC LC), Air Vice Marshal (AVM) Remigius Ekeh, said the Exercise OMO OLOJA was aimed at training participants in the conduct of a medium scale airlift operation with a view to enhancing coordination between operations, logistics and aircraft engineering staff for the effective and efficient execution of air logistics operations.
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