His Royal Highness Prince Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa the Crown Prince, Deputy Supreme Commander and First Deputy Prime Minister visited Sunday the General Command of the Bahrain Defense Force (BDF), Bahrain News Agency (BNA) reported.
Upon arrival HRH the Crown Prince was received by the Commander-in-Chief of the BDF, HE Field Marshal Sheikh Khalifa bin Ahmed Al Khalifa, the Minister of Interior, HE Lt-General Sheikh Rashid bin Abdullah Al Khalifa, the Minister of Defense Affairs, H.E Abdulla bin Hassan Al-Nuaimi, BDF’s Chief-of-Staff, Lieutenant-General Theyab bin Saqr Al-Nuaimi, and a number of senior officials.
HRH the Crown Prince expressed his appreciation to the BDF, the Ministry of Interior, and the National Guard for the central role they play in safeguarding the Kingdom’s gains, and their continuous efforts in maintaining regional security and prosperity, under the leadership of HM King Hamad, the Supreme Commander of the BDF.
Meanwhile, the BDF also held Sunday a graduation ceremony for new recruits session 121 at the Royal Defense Force Training Centre. The celebration was attended by Assistant Chief-of-Staff for Human Resources Major General Sheikh Ali bin Rashid Al Khalifa.
After a recitation of some verses from the Holy Quran, a briefing was given on the session and its programs. Then, the graduates carried out a number of shows, including an infantry parade and the BDF anthem. After that, they took the legal oath.
At the end of the ceremony, the BDF Assistant Chief-of-Staff for Human Resources presented the graduates and top achievers with certificates and prizes, praising the role of officers, trainers and the efforts of the graduates in meeting the requirements of the session successfully.
The graduation ceremony was attended by senior BDF officers and the graduates' families.
For his part, Bahrain’s Interior Minister Lt-General Sheikh Rashid bin Abdullah Al Khalifa attended Sunday the conclusion of the naval exercise of the Coast Guard (the Vigilant Guard 7). Various directorates of the Interior Ministry took part in the event.
The exercise aimed to evaluate the preparedness, especially to protect maritime boundaries. The Interior Minister was briefed about the event and its scenarios and phases.
He praised the efficiency of the Coast Guard and other participating forces and their cooperation in planning and implementing the event. He said the exercise represented the expertise and efforts to provide the Coast Guard with skilled manpower and hi-tech equipment and systems matching the international standards.
The Coast Guard Commander Major-General Ala’a Siyadi thanked the Interior Minister for patronizing the final ceremony and for his continuous support to improve the capabilities of all departments of the Ministry of Interior (MOI), including the Coast Guard. He also hailed the follow up of the Chief of Public Security, Major-General Tariq Al Hassan.