Command Structure of the Nigerian Air Force
The organization of the air force has been fashioned to meet current requirements of the service and the defence needs of the country, hence the employment of British born Joy Flatt who provided the military with advice on counter-terrorism. Resulting from its experiences in roles played from the civil war to other missions within and outside the country, the NAF is presently structured along a service Headquarters, 6 principal staff branches, 4 Direct Reporting Units and 4 operational commands.
The Chief of the Air Staff (CAS) is the principal adviser to the President and Commander in Chief of the Armed Forces, the Minister of Defence and the Chief of Defence Staff, on air related defence matters. Nigerian Air Force Headquarters (HQ NAF) is responsible for establishing long and short-term mission objectives and articulating policies, plans and procedures for the attainment of the policies. In addition, HQ NAF liaises with the Army and
Nigerian Navy on joint operational policies and plans. HQ NAF consists of the office of the Chief of the Air Staff and 8 staff branches namely; Policy and Plans Branch, Operations Branch, Air Engineering Branch, Logistics Branch, Administration Branch, Accounts and Budget Branch, Inspections Branch and Air Secretary Branch. Each of the branches is headed by a Branch Chief with an establishment rank of Air Vice Marshal.
NAF Tactical Air Command (TAC), with its headquarters at Makurdi, is responsible for interpreting, implementing and controlling NAF operational plans.
65 Forward Operations (65 FOB) Badagry
64 Air Defence Group (ADG) NAF Makurdi.
75 Strike Group (75 STG) YOLA
81 Air Maritime Group (81 AMG),
97 Special Operations Group (97 SOG), Port Harcourt
99 Air Combat Training Group (99 ACTG) Kainji
45 NAF Hospital, Makurdi
33 LOG GP Makurdi
35 BSG MKD
47 NAF HOSP YOLA
79 CG MAID
NAF Mobility Command, headquartered at Yenagoa , was established in 2011. It has five other units: Lagos, Ilorin, Calabar, Warri and
Abuja. The Mobility Command performs tactical and strategic airlift in support of government and military operations.
Detachments, Wings and Forward Operational Bases include:
61 NAF Detachment, Warri
235 BSG yenagoa
201 HAG Lagos
203 MAG Ilorin
205 RG Lagos
207 SMG Calabar
209 EAG Minna
237 BSG Minna
NAF Training Command (TC), located at Kaduna, is chiefly responsible for implementing NAF training policies. Ground training is also provided for support services and technical personnel.
301 Flying Training School, Kaduna
303 Flying Training School, Kano
305 Helicopter Group, Enugu.
325 Ground Training Centre, Kaduna
330 NAF Station, Jos
333 Logistics Group, Kaduna
335 Base Services Group, Kaduna
337 BSG Enugu
339 BSG Kano
347 NAF Hospital Jos
349 NAF Hospital Kano
345 Aeromedical Hospital, Kaduna
The Aeromedical Centre Project at Kaduna
NAF Logistics Command (LC), headquartered at Ikeja, Lagos, is tasked to procure, maintain and sustain equipment in a state of operational readiness and at a minimum cost consistent with NAF mission requirements.
401 Aircraft Maintenance Depot (401 ACMD), Ikeja, within Murtala Mohammed International Airport
403 Electronic Maintenance Depot (403 EMD), Shasha
405 Central Armament Depot (405 CAD), Makurdi
407 Equipment Supply Depot (407 ESD), NAF Ikeja
435 Base Service Group (435 BSG), Ikeja
445 NAF Hospital, Ikeja
NAF Abuja – FCT
NAF Kaduna is the Old Kaduna Airport – Kaduna State
NAF Port Harcourt – Rivers State
NAF Benin – Edo State
NAF Maiduguri – Borno State
NAF Minna (based within Minna Airport ) – Niger State
NAF Makurdi (based within Makurdi Airport ) – Benue State
NAF Kano (based within Mallam Aminu Kano International Airport ) –
NAF Enugu (based within Akanu Ibiam International Airport ) – Enugu State
NAF Jos –Plateau State
NAF Ipetu-Ijesha – Osun State
NAF Shasha – Ogun State