General Sultan bin Mohammed al-Nu’amani, Minister of the Royal Office patronized over a ceremony in Muscat (Oman) to mark the annual day of the Sultan’s Special Force (SSF), which falls on 15 March every year, as well as a graduation of recruits.
Upon the arrival of the chief guest in the parade ground, he was received by Major General Amer bin Salim al-Amri, SSF Commander. Then, the Royal Anthem was played, Oman News Agency (ONA) reported.
The graduated recruits performed the military salute to the chief guest. Then, the Minister of the Royal Office inspected the front column of the graduates. After that, the graduates staged different military shows accompanied by the SSF Music Band.
The chief guest handed over awards to the top graduates. He also pinned courage medal on SSF non-commissioned officer in appreciation of his sincere national efforts in rescuing a citizen during the adverse climate conditions (Mekunu Cyclone) that hit the Governorate of Dhofar in 2018.
The graduates took the oath of loyalty, and proclaimed thrice Long Live His Majesty Sultan Qaboos Bin Said, the Supreme Commander of Oman’s Armed Forces.
At the end of the ceremony, the chief guest pinned excellent service and Royal commendation medals on SSF commissioned and non-commissioned officers in appreciation of their dedication in carrying out their national assignments.
The ceremony was attended by the Chief-of-Staff of the Sultan’s Armed Forces (SAF), Commander of the Royal Army of Oman (RAO), Commander of the Royal Air Force of Oman (RAFO), Commander of the Royal Navy of Oman (RNO), Commandant of the National Defence College (NDC), Secretary General of Military Affairs at the Royal Office, Assistant Inspector General of Police and Customs for Operations, senior officers at SAF and other security departments, SSF commissioned, non-commissioned officers and retirees.
In another development, the Military Technological College (MTC) of Oman signed a program of understanding with Sultan Qaboos University (SQU) within MCT plans for research and scientific cooperation and academic exchange.
The program of understanding was signed by Commodore Matar bin Ali al-Obaidani, Commander of the Royal Air Force of Oman (RAFO), MTC Chairman of the Board and Dr. Ali Bin Saud al-Baimani, Vice Chancellor of SQU.
The program of understanding aims at cooperating in research projects and scientific theses in various degrees, motivating the academic cadres and students to conduct joint research, participate in the proposed programs, develop scientific and applied research, support research conducted by students and researchers and enable them to use laboratories on both sides, in addition to cooperation in conducting lectures, training workshops, and organizing specialized conferences related to engineering sectors.
Vice Chancellor of SQU was briefed on MTC, its facilities of study and service, its modern technologies, curriculum, disciplines and different stages of study.
The signing of the program of understanding was attended by the MCT Dean, his deputies, heads of departments and a number of officials from both sides.