16 June, 2013
Twenty-one military officers from 14 African countries and 137 from Nigeria have commenced practical training on the application of land, maritime and air assets to confront war situations. The training which is the climax of the Senior Course for student officers of the Armed Forces Command and Staff College (AFCSC) is a one-week combined and joint exercise of the Army, Navy and Airforce officers.
Speaking at the occasion which kickstarted the training codenamed Exercise Sea Lion at Jaji, near Kaduna, AFCSC Commandant, AVM Eko Effiom Osim said the exercise was designed to provide the students the opportunity to plan, conduct and decide on the employment of land, maritime and air assets in a combined and joint setting.
According to him, “The exercise is also designed to give the students more practice in operational writing, oral briefings and consolidate their knowledge in the techniques of war gaming.” AVM Osim noted that this year’s exercise, which is the ninth since AFCSC adopted the teaching of manoeuvrist approach to warfare and its related concept is special as it has 21 foreign student officers from 14 African countries and the Republic of Korea.
According to him, “This will no doubt set stage for the eases operational planning and execution in future combined/multi national exercises at the sub-regional and regional levels.”
Earlier in his welcome address, Director of Joint Studies, AFCSC, Brigadier General Ademoh Salihu said the students who have been on course at the college since about 10 months ago are expected to appreciate the capabilities and peculiarities of sister services. The students who are in the rank of Army Major and equivalent in the Airforce and Navy kickstarted the training with practical demonstration on use of aircraft, boats and armoured vehicles to convey troops and weapons to battlefields and evacuate injured ones.