Accra , March 17, GNA – The Ghana Air Force would be hosting a two-week flight training programme, code named: “The African Partnership Flight (APF) 2012” in Accra soon.

A  statement copied to the GNA said the military-to-military multilateral and regional engagement event had been designed to enhance African partner nation’s Air Forces’ capacity with greater regional cooperation and interoperability to foster increased air domain safety and security.

The participating countries are Ghana, Nigeria, Senegal, Togo and Benin.

The statement said the two-week programme was initiated and sponsored by the United States Government to enable participants to exchange ideas and upgrade their knowledge in best practices in a modern Air Force and the Aviation Industry, in general.

In an inaugural speech at the Air Force base in Accra by, Air Commodore Emanuel Ahadome, stated that the purpose of the training was to teach and exchange ideas that were universal to all aircrafts and Air Forces.

According to the statement, a C-130 from the 37th Airlift Squadron, 86th Airlift Wing, stationed at the Ramstein Air Base, Germany, landed in Ghana in support of U.S. Air Forces Africa’s inaugural African Partnership Flight event..

The statement said several airmen from US Africa Command, U.S. Air Forces in Europe, Air Mobility Command, Air Combat Command and North Dakota National Guard are in Ghana to support the APF programme.

Colonel  Dave Poage, APF Mission Commander, said: “At the end, if we do nothing more that strengthening relationship, old and new, that’s value added. Just getting to know each other and creating partnerships among a myriad of organizations will make it successful.”

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