Nigeria : Addicted to Special Forces.

Nigeria’s fascination with Special Forces began in 2015 when the Nigerian government secretly deployed mercenaries from South Africa to help the Nigerian army in the fight against Boko Haram. But after just three months on the ground, a squad of grizzled, ageing white mercenaries had gathered good momentum and wrestled much of the initiative from the enemy.

The speed and efficiency via which these Special Forces unit decimated the ranks of Boko Haram was not lost on the Nigerian government even though they tried to hush up the involvement of South African mercenaries. At the expiration of their contract the Nigerian government hired the company as technical advisers and to train Nigeria’s largely traditional army in unconventional mobile warfare.

It didn’t long for the Nigerian army to realise its traditional approach to combating a small but highly mobile enemy was flawed and left them vulnerable. The Key to defeating Boko Haram was a tactic known as “relentless pursuit”, which involved mimicking Boko Haram’s hit-and-run tactics with non-stop assaults. Once the insurgents were on the run and their likely route established, members of the strike force would be helicoptered into land ahead of them to cut off their likely escape routes, gradually exhausting them.

That was it !!

Within a year the tree component of the Nigerian armed had its own Special Forces. In fact the Nigerian Air Force had two Special Forces units, the QRS (Quick Response Squard) and AFSF (Air Force Special Forces Regiment )

Nigerian Army Special Forces Commando Unit.

The 75 Mobile Strike Group.

The Air Force Special Forces Regiment.

A re-organized Navy Special Boat Service.

After the fall of Sambisa the Nigerian army realized the vast terrain meant the enemy was able to flee the battlefield with some of their forces intact and unmolested, and will no doubt regroup and continue their acts of terror. To the chagrin of the Air Force the Nigerian army’s request for an Aviation arm independent from the Nigerian Air Force. Thatwas granted,and so the Nigerian Army Aviation Corp became the latest in a series of specialized fighting units created by the military.

Nigeria’s Elite special forces are some of the best-trained and most impressive military units in Counter Insurgency in the world today,  They are well equipped and specialized in military operations from quickly conducting rescue missions, scoping out threats, to secretly eliminating top terrorists and saving lives.

There is no love lost between the Nigerian army and her sister service the Nigerian Air Force. The fight for resources has led to open rivalry that sometimes spills into the battlefield.

Much to the chagrin of the army the NAF Special Forces Regiment and Nigerian Navy SBS (Special Boat Service) are considered the best fighting unit in the military. They really are the best of the best – the true definition of ‘badass’. So much respect for them!

Air Force Special Forces Regiment

They are trained to ensure access into areas aircraft cannot land on during operations.

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A batch of 298 regiment personnel receiving training in special warfare by the British Military Assistance Training Team (BMATT).

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The AFSF assault team penetrated the perimeter of Camp Zero, guarded by Boko Haram terrorists and seperated into three raiding teams to clear the remaining camps.
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Jubilant AFSF troops pose for the camera after a successful raid on Boko Haram camps.
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Jubilant AFSF troops pose for the camera after a successful raid on Boko Haram camps.
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An AFSF soldier wielding his Beryl assault rifle.
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Air Force Regiment learn how to rapel from a 60 ft tower at Special Warfare Traing Centre.
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Air Force Regiment learn how to rapel from a 60 ft tower at Special Warfare Traing Centre.

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An AFSF soldier takes a rest in a trench.
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Soldiers from the Air Force Regiment rests in fox holes by their convoy staging area in the northeast.
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AF paratroopers jump out of a C-130 in an airborne operation.
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Air Force paratrooper lands at a drop zone after jumping from a C-130 Hercules aircraft during an airborne operation.
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Air Force paratrooper lands at a drop zone after jumping from a C-130 Hercules aircraft during an airborne operation.
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AFSF soldier riding a tactical folding bicycle.
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AFSF man an artillery gun in the northerneast embattled Sambisa forest.

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A Special Forces soldier peers through his binoculars during combat operations in the vast Sambisa forest.
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Air Force Regiment teams practice firing movements on the range at a forward-deployed location supporting Operation Lafya Dole. Air Force Special Forces teams are trained to conduct and support regular troops under clandestine conditions.
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An AFSF soldier lobs a grenade during a training exercise. Air Force Regiment teams practice firing movements on the range at a forward-deployed location supporting Operation Lafya Dole. Air Force Special Forces teams are trained to conduct and support regular troops under clandestine conditions.
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A soldier brandishes his sidearm.
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Jubilant troops in a technical wave the Nigerian flag, fire can be seen bellowing from a Boko Haram camp in the background .

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A soldier aims an RPG-7 during combat operations in Nigeria’s northeast.
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A Special Forces UAV platoon preparing to launch a GULMA Tactical UAV during combat operations.
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Once airborne, the drone are flown by a pilot in a truck.
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Special Forces soldiers have fun while protecting the country.

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The Air Force claims its Special Forces Regiment are the nations most skillful and “toughest warriors” , operating in their own……

 

 

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These guys are trained to carry out a myriad of operations on land, sea and air.

The Nigerian Navy Ground Forces have witnessed a major expansion in their size and activity in the last decade and are a priority for investment over the next few years. With reports of their growing activity in the northeast they are have become one of the the most important component of the growing trend towards covert or ‘shadow’ warfare.

The Nigerian Navy fields a number of Naval Special Warfare units, including commandos, counter terrorism operatives, special boat teams and specialized helicopter support.

They are inserted to carry our a particular task and pull our so as to make a place conducive for regular forces to move in.

Nigerian Navy Special Boat Service undergoing training on FRIES (Tactical Riverine Operation and Fast Rope Insertion and Extraction).

Mental fitness. Power of the Mind in SBS spec Ops Training

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Nigerian SBS TROOPS practice boarding tactics aboard the  aboard a training ship.
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Two SBS Commando’s jump right into the Atlantic. Swim 500 yards – 9-10 minutes Max.

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Nigerian SBS TROOPS practice boarding tactics aboard the  aboard a training ship.

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Nigerian SBS TROOPS practice boarding tactics aboard the  aboard a training ship.
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Nigerian SBS TROOPS practice boarding tactics aboard the  aboard a training ship.
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Nigerian SBS TROOPS practice boarding tactics aboard the  aboard a training ship.

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In 2014 the Nigerian Navy conducted a 3 months training on conventional land warfare, air assault, to assist regular troops in the northeast theatre of War. Of the 400 chosen, 60 were dropped.

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The adopted standard issue rifle for the SBS is the Tavor.
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Nigerian navy SBS Commandos in desert fatugues seen training with British SAS
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Nigerian navy SBS Commandos in desert fatugues seen training with British SAS
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Nigerian navy SBS Commandos in desert fatugues seen training with British SAS
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Nigerian navy SBS Commandos in desert fatugues seen training with British SAS
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Nigerian navy SBS Commandos in desert fatugues seen training with British SAS
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Nigerian navy SBS commandos pictured at the range during training exercise.
Nigerian navy training center.

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Boko Haram insurgents learnt the hard way not to mess with these guys.

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A Nigerian Navy Shaldag patrol craft flanked by two rafts.
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Power of the Mind. SBS Commando’s gain confidence in a rappelling training session.
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Power of the Mind. SBS Commando’s gain confidence in a rappelling training session.

What to do when you come across SBS Special Orps..drop your weapons and run !!

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Unfortunately running becomes an exercise in futility. Nothing can escape the claws of Nigeria’s ruthless SBS troops.

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…….and that includes alligators and elephants.

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