Commander-in-Chief of the Bahrain Defense Force (BDF), Field Marshal Sheikh Khalifa bin Ahmed Al Khalifa, inspected the joint command drill, “the Shield of the Nation”, currently conducted by the BDF, with the participation of the National Guard of Bahrain and the Ministry of Interior, across the Kingdom’s governorates.
The Commander-in-Chief was briefed about the drill’s goals, stages, weapons and units participating in it, according to Bahrain News Agency (BNA).
He also watched part of the joint exercise, and was informed closely about its procedures, as well as its means of command and control.
The Commander-in-Chief asserted that in line with the directives of His Majesty King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa, the Supreme Commander, the BDF will carry on holding such important drills aimed at training the participating forces and preparing them well for joint military action, through joint coordination, planning and implementation of joint defense operations.
They also aim to strengthen the participating troops’ ability to confront various threats and challenges, as well as provide an opportunity to evaluate and develop the training standards to reach the highest levels of command competence and advanced combat capability, he said.
Field Marshal Sheikh Khalifa lauded the BDF servicemen who, he said, have proved their outstanding ability to defend the homeland round the clock.
The Commander-in-Chief stressed that the BDF is always keen to carry out such exercises, given their great role in measuring the level of the forces’ readiness and combat competence, as well as in coordinating the efforts of all participants.
He emphasized that the BDF has always been characterized by the strong authentic sense of patriotism, and embodies all manifestations of sacrifice of sense of responsibility, adding that the national duty requires doubled efforts and more dedication.
He pointed out that joint training exercises are an essential criterion for testing the efficiency of all branches and units, as well as evaluating the level of the participants, noting that the drills held by the BDF are basic for enhancing the combat and administrative readiness in the face of all circumstances and threats.
The Commander-in-Chief expressed thanks and appreciation to those in charge of the joint drill for the tremendous efforts they had exerted to ensure its success.
He expressed hope that the joint exercise will strengthen the ability of the BDF, the National Guard and the Interior Ministry to carry out the tasks assigned to them under all circumstances.
For his part, Chief-of-Staff of Bahrain Defense Force (BDF) Lieutenant General Dhiab bin Saqr Al Nuaimi got informed about the ongoing “Shield of the Nation” drill.
After listening to a briefing on the military drill, the BDF Chief-of-Staff watched part of the exercise which aims to hone combat and administrative skills and improve practical command concepts.