Troops from the Air Force (NAF) are set to confront insurgents in the Northeast, in a rotation of personnel, which began yesterday.
The exercise is to step up clearance of remnants of Boko Haram terrorists.
NAF said the personnel rotated in the exercise included those who completed their mandatory tour of duty in line with international best practices in military operations.
A statement by NAF’s Director of Public Relations and Information Air Commodore Olatokunbo Adesanya said the exercise involved transporting troops from the frontline to their homes, while new troops were deployed to take over their duties.
He said: “With the rotation, affected NAF personnel, who left their families, have the opportunity of reuniting with them after a meritorious service.
“The Chief of Air Staff (CAS), Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, hailed the troops, who were rotated, and expressed the nation’s gratitude for their sacrifice.
“The CAS thanked relatives of returning NAF personnel for enduring the long absence of their loved ones.
“Abubakar urged those deployed to be courageous, determined and committed while contributing to ending insurgency.
“NAF has transported 38,000kg of relief materials to Freetown, Sierra Leone capital, following the mudslide and flood, which led to loss of life and property.
“The materials were donated by the Federal Government to alleviate the suffering of people affected by mudslide and flood.
‘’The exercise, which was conducted in five sorties with NAF C-130 Hercules aircraft, is in partial fulfilment of the statutory responsibility of NAF.”