The royal Saudi and Bahraini navies started, Saturday joint maneuvers in Sheikh Salman port in the Kingdom of Bahrain.
The exercises named “Bridge 17” aim to raise the “combat capability, enhance the professional performance in all types of naval operations and the unification of the tactical concepts of command and control” according to a commander who participates in the maneuvers.
Early this month, Saudi Arabia’s navy had held exercises in the Gulf and the strategic Strait of Hormuz.
Exercise “Gulf Shield 1” took place in the Sea of Oman, with ships, planes, marines and other personnel taking part.
The commanding officer of the flag bearer ship, Commodore Ahmed bin Abdulaziz Saleh explained that the exercise aims to raise the combat capability and professional performance levels, of all types of naval operations and unification of tactical concepts of command and control, in addition to enhance naval battle management procedures, as well as contribute to training visits and inspecting territorial waters to protect and repel any aggression, Saudi Press Agency (SPA) reported.
Pointing out the importance of this exercise, he added that it embodies constructive security and cooperation between the two countries, to raise the efficiency and security of combat and the sense of the two nations, in the light of their needs of cadres and sophisticated equipment, and the need to share experiences of training, proficiency of technical combat and informatics.
Meanwhile, Bahrain’s Chief-of-Staff Lt-General Dhiyab bin Saqr Al Noaimi will be heading the Kingdom of Bahrain’s delegation to the meeting of defense Chiefs of the international coalition against Daesh terrorist group, slated to be held in the US capital, Washington, DC, Bahrain News Agency (BNA) reported.
The meeting will be attended by the defense Chiefs in the international coalition countries to boost the military campaign to degrade and defeat the terrorist group “Daesh” and to coordinate the counter-terrorism efforts to achieve stability and security in the region.