In News by Oluwaseun Samuel on the 23rd, September, 2020

NAF Immortalizes Late Flying Officer Tolulope Arotile (Photographs)

NAF Immortalizes Late Flying Officer Tolulope Arotile (Photos)

Flying Officer Tolulope Arotile immortalized




In achievement of its promise to honour the reminiscence of Nigeria’s first feminine fight helicopter pilot for her invaluable contributions to the battle towards armed banditry and different felony actions within the Nation, the Nigerian Air Drive (NAF) yesterday, 22 September 2020, immortalized late Flying Officer Tolulope Arotile.


The newly renovated and reworked Pilots’ Crew ‘Room’ on the 115 Particular Operations Group (115 SOG) Port Harcourt was named after the late officer who died on 14 July 2020 on the age of 24. The Pilots’ Crew Room homes an Operations briefing room, pc room/library, pilots’ life-support room and lounge in addition to a kitchen, eating room, altering room for pilots on standby and a number of other relaxation rooms. The ability was offered to make sure a conducive surroundings which might allow pilots to extra successfully plan and execute assigned missions.



Talking throughout the ceremony, which additionally featured the commissioning of a newly constructed Block of 18 x two-bedroom flats for Senior Non-Commissioned Officers (SNCOs) in addition to a water venture, the Chief of the Air Employees (CAS), Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, said that immortalizing late Flying Officer Arotile was finished, not solely to honour her reminiscence but in addition to additional encourage younger ladies in Nigeria to review, work exhausting and pursue their goals and bonafide aspirations with delight and honour. “It’s gratifying to notice that, since late Tolulope’s demise, many younger Nigerian ladies have indicated their curiosity to hitch the NAF. Moreover, no fewer than 12 different feminine officers, who’ve undoubtedly been motivated by her inspirational life and the unprecedented and exemplary contributions by different feminine and male pilots, are at present present process flying coaching, each inside and outdoors the Nation, to turn into NAF pilots”, the CAS stated.

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Air Marshal Abubakar famous that immortalizing late Flying Officer Arotile additionally addressed one other space of the NAF’s coverage thrust which is the dedication to guarantee personnel that their sacrifices would by no means be in useless. Based on him, the coverage has been sustained by way of the immortalization of personnel who paid the supreme value in service to the Nation. “The target has at all times been to acknowledge their contributions in direction of securing our Nation, whereas ensuring that they and their sacrifices stay perpetually recent in our minds and certainly within the minds of Nigerians”, he added. The CAS, who expressed pleasure to see a few of her colleagues who had been on the commissioning to rejoice her reminiscence, famous that late Flying Officer Arotile lives on within the hearts of these coming after her. He inspired extra younger ladies to aspire for profession alternatives within the NAF as he stated “there isn’t any restrict to what they’ll obtain”.



Whereas expressing his happiness with the efficiency of the Commander in addition to officers and males of the Unit, Air Marshal Abubakar said that 115 SOG had continued to play a major position within the NAF’s efforts at tackling insecurity in numerous components of the Nation. He famous that pilots, engineers, technicians and different assist workers of the Group, deployed together with their helicopter gunships, had continued to contribute their quota in direction of profitable the battle towards insurgents within the North East in addition to towards bandits and different criminals within the North West and North Central. The 115 SOG, he stated, had additionally continued to play a key position in coping with unlawful oil bunkering and pipeline vandalism within the South South, working in synergy with sister Companies and different safety businesses.

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The CAS recalled that, over time, 115 SOG had constructed in-house capability and proven its functionality within the conduct of the first-ever life extension upkeep on 2 x Mi 35P helicopters. Equally, he stated, the Unit, working with technical companions, was in a position to reactivate three x EC-135 helicopters domestically. Whereas charging the aircrew and different personnel in Port Harcourt to proceed working tougher to deal decisively with the enemies of the Nation, the CAS urged them to make the most of the brand new amenities and different welfare tasks with a excessive sense of accountability.


Air Marshal Abubakar expressed his profound gratitude to the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces, President Muhammadu Buhari, for his continued assist to the NAF in direction of the achievement of its desired Air Energy objectives. He famous that the President’s overwhelming assist to the Service was a testomony to the truth that the entire Nation stands by the NAF within the battle towards all enemies of the Nation. “We due to this fact pledge to stay resolute within the conduct of our operations till peace is restored to each troubled a part of the Nation”, he stated.


In his welcome tackle, the Air Officer Commanding (AOC) Tactical Air Command (TAC), Air Vice Marshal Olusegun Philip, famous that the CAS had proved past doubt that the welfare of NAF personnel was his topmost precedence, as evidenced by his dedication to the availability of infrastructure for his or her consolation and optimum efficiency. Whereas thanking the CAS for his fixed assist, the AOC reassured him of the agency resolve and dedication of personnel to the battle towards terrorism, banditry and unlawful oil bunkering. “I promise you that we are going to proceed to provide the desired leads to all our current and future operations”, the AOC stated.

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Additionally current on the ceremony had been Department Chiefs and Administrators from the NAF Headquarters in addition to the Common Officer Commanding 6 Division Nigerian Military and different senior navy officers. One of many key characteristic of the occasion was the presence of some NAF’s feminine pilots, together with Flight Lieutenant Blessing Liman, the primary feminine to be winged as a pilot within the NAF, in addition to Flying Officers Genevieve Nwaogwugwu, Olubunmi Ijelu, Kafayat Sanni, first fixed-wing fighter pilot within the NAF, and Chinelo Nwokoye, NAF’s second-ever fight helicopter pilot.



Air Commodore

Director of Public Relations and Info

Nigerian Air Drive

22 September 2020

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