Command Structure of the Nigerian Air Force

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




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

Ibadan (FOB)

Sokoto (FOB)

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 Bases

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 ) –

Kano State

NAF Enugu (based within Akanu Ibiam International Airport ) – Enugu State

NAF Jos –Plateau State

NAF Ipetu-Ijesha – Osun State

NAF Shasha – Ogun State

NAF Kainji


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