Under the Patronage of Field Marshal Sheikh Khalifa bin Ahmed Al-Khalifa, Bahrain Defense Force (BDF) Commander-in-Chief, a celebration to mark the occasion of the 10th anniversary of the Royal Guard Special Force was held on 02 July 2017, in the presence of Lt-General Yusuf bin Ahmed Al Jalahma, Defense Affairs Minister and Lt. General Diab bin Saqr Al Nuaimi, Chief of Staff of BDF.
The Commander-in-Chief of the Bahrain Defense Force was received by Brigadier-General Sheikh Nasser bin Hamad Al Khalifa, Commander of the Royal Guard and Major Sheikh Khalid bin Hamad Al Khalifa, Commander of the Royal Guard Special Forces on his arrival to the celebration venue.
The BDF Commander-in-Chief opened the Royal Guard Special Force museum, then along with the guests toured the museum hall. He was briefed on the various exhibits that included the Royal Guard Special Force participation “Decisive Storm”, “Restoring Hope” operations, relief and humanitarian missions, Bahrain News Agency (BNA) reported.
After playing the National anthem and reciting verses from the Holy Quran, Major Sheikh Khalid bin Hamad Al Khalifa, Commander of the Royal Guard Special Force delivered a speech on this occasion.
“I commend the support of His Majesty the King to the Royal Guard Special Forces, and his attention and care to grant medals to its officers and members, as Special Forces has been able to confirm its competence and accomplish tasks efficiently and effectively with the highest rates of success. We are very proud of HM awarding a number of the Royal Guard Special Forces unit members with the Medal of Bravery, which is the highest military award in the Kingdom of Bahrain, and they are: Warrant Officer Hamad Jassim Al Dairi, Corporal Ebrahim Khalil Al Jazaf and Private Khalid Mohammed Al Yafie, in recognition of their great courage in carrying out their duty to restore hope in the sisterly Republic of Yemen,” he said.
“The strength of the Royal Guard has been exemplified by its outstanding efforts and dedication in all military courses and operations, as well with the sacrifices of its courageous men, especially their participation in the "Decisive Storm" and "Restoring Hope" operations in the sisterly Republic of Yemen. We are here to remember the souls of our martyrs who fulfilled the holy duty, namely: Warrant Officer Mohamed Nabil Hamad, Sergeant Major Mohamed Hafid Younis, Sergeant Major Hassan Iqbal Mohammed and Sergeant Major Abdulmunaem Ali Hussain, who fulfilled their pledge to God as they were the best example of sacrifice and dedication in defending their homeland and religion,” he added.
“The Royal Guard Special Forces unit has been keen to work on strengthen the fruitful cooperation with the Special Forces of the United Arab Emirates, the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, the United States of America, the United Kingdom and the Republic of France through joint training and combat courses that enhance the combat capability of officers and personnel, which reflect on their preparation and readiness to perform tasks to the fullest,” Sheikh Khalid noted.
Following the address, the attendees watched a brief documentary on the organization and duties of the Royal Guard Special Force, its stages of formation, development and participation in various fields.
At the end of the ceremony, the BDF Commander-in-Chief awarded commemorative shields to heads of invited delegations which included the United Arab Emirates armed forces, the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, the United States of America, the United Kingdom and the Republic of France.
On this occasion, the Commander-in-Chief of the Bahrain Defense Force stressed that the Bahrain Defense Force has become a powerful force, thanks to the leadership of HM King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa, which turned the BDF into a modern force that stands tall with its ancient past, its glorious present and its bright future, adding that the Defense Force continues with all its ability and steadfastness to continue to raise the efficiency and capabilities of its various weapons and units.
Several senior officers of the Bahrain Defense Force attended the ceremony.