For the first time, the Egyptian and Bahraini Armed Forces are conducting air-maritime joint military exercises under the name of “Hamad-1”.
Four Egyptian Naval units, in addition to a number of F16 fighter jets are participating in that exercise which kicked off this week.
Egypt’s Military Attaché to Saudi Arabia and Bahrain Mohamed Abu Bakr El-Husseini followed up the four Egyptian Naval units transiting Bab Al-Mandab Strait heading for Bahrain.
Military experts asserted that the Egyptian-Bahraini military exercises in the Arab Gulf aim at issuing a warning to anyone who thinks to violate the Arab security.
For his part, military expert, Mohamed Mokhtar Qandil said that the basic reason behind the Egyptian-Bahraini military exercises is not only to train forces on operations that could be conducted in the Arab Gulf in the future, but also to be as a prelude to the formation of Arab joint forces.
The drill, which engages Egyptian Armed Forces, reflects historic relations between the two countries and peoples, led by King Hamad, the Supreme Commander, and Egyptian President Abdel Fattah Al Sisi, said Bahrain News Agency (BNA)
The joint exercise is held in the framework of bilateral military co-operation which aims at consolidating deep-rooted historic relations, deepen fraternal pan-Arab relations and bolster joint Arab action, GDN added.
Meanwhile, Commander-in-Chief of the Bahrain Defence Force (BDF) Field Marshal Sheikh Khalifa bin Ahmed Al Khalifa received in Manama Tuesday the Commander of the US Central Command General Lloyd J. Austin and his accompanying delegation, BNA reported.
The BDF Commander-in-Chief reviewed with the delegation the existing Bahraini-US military cooperation and coordination, lauding the advanced level of the friendly bilateral ties. Issues of mutual interest were also discussed.
Defence Ministry's Undersecretary Major-General Sheikh Ahmed bin Mohammed Al Khalifa, Director of Military Security Major-General Hassan Mohammed Saad, Inspector-General Major-General Abdulla Hassan Al-Nuaimi, Assistant Chief of Staff for Supply and Logistics Rear Admiral Yussef Ahmed Malallah and the Commander of the Royal Bahrain Air Force Air Vice-Marshal Sheikh Hamad bin Abdulla Al Khalifa attended.