His Royal Highness Prince Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa, Bahrain’s Crown Prince, Deputy Supreme Commander and First Deputy Prime Minister, visited the Royal Guards Headquarters to honor Bahrain Defense Force (BDF) Task Force 12, which participated in Operation Restoring Hope as part of the Saudi-led Arab Coalition mission to restore stability in Yemen.
Upon arrival, the Crown Prince was received by Defense Affairs Minister, Lieutenant-General Yusuf bin Ahmed Al-Jalahma, BDF’s Chief of Staff, Lieutenant General Theyab bin Saqer Al Noaimi, Royal Guards Commander, His Highness Brigadier Sheikh Nasser bin Hamad Al Khalifa, Royal Guards Special Forces Commander, His Highness Major Sheikh Khaled bin Hamad Al Khalifa, and senior officers.
The Crown Prince expressed his pride and gratitude for the achievements and sacrifices made by BDF forces participating as part of the Saudi-led Arab coalition mission in Yemen, Bahrain News Agency (BNA) reported.
The Crown Prince praised the BDF’s high level of combat readiness and proficiency, as well as their unwavering commitment and honorable service to the Kingdom under the leadership of His Majesty King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa.
Following the National Anthem and an inspection of the Guard of Honor, the Crown Prince listened to a recitation of verses from the Holy Quran.
Brigadier Sheikh Nasser bin Hamad Al Khalifa gave a speech, saying: “It is a great moment of pride for the Royal Guard to be honored by you as you pay tribute to this elite group of your sons in Taskforce 12 who have recently returned home from the fields of strength, courage and honor, following their participation in the Arab Alliance Force, their support to our grand sister Saudi Arabia and to the UAE armed forces, and their backing of the brotherly Yemeni people and its legitimate elected government.”
“Such dedicated duties have enhanced the strength, skill, immunity and pride in the fighting of our forces who have gained considerable operational, tactical and organizational expertise during the various direct operations in which they have participated in and engaged with their brothers as they defended both religion and homeland,” he added.
“It is based on these principles and on the right approach that our brave forces will be, as anticipated by our wise leadership, fully ready to right the wrong and to stand with our brothers within the Arab and Islamic Alliance to protect our Gulf, Arab and Islamic unity.
Our forces, along with the Arab Coalition Force, have been fully engaged in fighting and combating terrorism and its groups through well-organized joint military operations. We have been coordinating efforts on tracking the sources of terrorism and cooperating with one another through all available ways and means.
On this occasion, I express my sincere thanks and profound gratitude to you for your continued support to your sons in the defense force.
I also extend my thanks and appreciation to the Commander-in-Chief for supporting us and for removing all difficulties throughout the tasks assigned to us,” Brigadier Sheikh Nasser bin Hamad Al Khalifa concluded.
The Crown Prince then presented medals awarded by the King to members of the BDF Task Force 12 in recognition of their service.