The UAE Armed Forces are participating in the Dir’ Al Jazeera (Peninsula Shield) exercise/10, which started Wednesday and will end on 14th March, 2019, in the Eastern Region of Saudi Arabia, with the participation of military forces from Gulf Cooperation Council countries.
The exercise, which aims to reinforce the current military cooperation between GCC countries and unify their strategic military plans, is the outcome of many joint meetings that discussed the necessary arrangements and procedures and the appropriate locations of the exercise.
The preparations and planning for this exercise began last year, according to Emirates News Agency WAM.
The exercise, which is one of the largest military exercises in the region in terms of troop numbers, participating countries, diversity of expertise and quality of weapons, aims to maintain the security and stability of GCC countries, by addressing the causes of regional instability and threats, training the commanders of joint Gulf Forces, and reinforcing military and security cooperation and coordination.
For its part, Bahrain Defense Force (BDF) ground task force left for the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia Friday to participate in the joint Peninsula Shield 10 drill after completing all combat and administrative preparations. The combat group will take part in the joint exercise alongside forces from the GCC countries, Bahrain News Agency (BNA) reported.
Furthermore, a force from Muscat Regiment of the 23rd Infantry Brigade in the Royal Army of Oman (RAO) left Al Masanah Air Base Thursday, aboard a number of Royal Air Force of Oman (RAFO) aircrafts heading to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, to take part in the Peninsula Shield Force/10 joint exercise, Oman News Agency (ONA) said.