Kenya Air Force flight crew benefited from a 3-day survival exercise dubbed ‘Fika Salama’ conducted at Moi Air Base (MAB), Eastleigh and Oletepesi, Kajiado county.
The exercise which commenced on 15th February 2023, included both Officers and Service members drawn from VIP Wing, Tactical Transport Wing, Helicopter Command, Tactical Fighter Wing, Transport Aircraft Eng Wing, Helicopter Engineering Wing, Intelligence Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) and Flight Support Wing.
The aim of the exercise was to acquaint the participants on Desert/Jungle survival and Search and Rescue (SAR) techniques as well as how to survive in enemy adversary environments, when they encounter the enemy and how they can track back from the enemy territory incase of an air crash.
The areas covered included; first aid, survival equipment and how to survive until you reach your ‘Rescue zone’.
This was put into practical on the second day when the participants went through map reading, plotting and finally navigation to their respective check points (rescue zones). The participants were able to properly select and mark heli landing zone and correctly signal and communicate with the SAR aircraft.
The exercise was wrapped up on Friday, 17th February 2023 by the Deputy Base Commander MAB Colonel Herbert Wafula.
Speaking during the event, he emphasized on the importance of the survival exercise to all personnel in Kenya Air Force. “In the end our aim is to learn and achieve all the survival tactics necessary in case of a crash and also improve on our physical fitness,” he said.
Present during the event were Commander Helicopter Command, MAB Commanding Officers, Officers and Service members.