Commander-in-Chief of Bahrain Defense Force (BDF) Field Marshal Sheikh Khalifa bin Ahmed Al Khalifa attended conclusion of the actual phase of the joint commands drill ‘Hamad Shield 1’ which was carried out by the Peninsula Shield Forces, in the presence of BDF Chief-of-Staff Lieutenant General Dhiab bin Saqr Al Nuaimi, Bahrain News Agency (BNA) reported.
The BDF Commander-in-Chief was received on arrival by Peninsula Shield Forces Commander Major General Abdulaziz bin Ahmed Al Balawi and senior officers. He listened to a briefing on the goals and stages of the military exercise and got informed about the outstanding outcome of the drill.
Then, he inspected the Operations Centre and watched part of the exercise. He was also informed about the modern equipment and weaponry, stressing that the drill reflects the advanced level of continuous preparation plans and training programs of the Peninsula Shield Forces to enhance the command capabilities, groom officers and train on implementing defense operation schemes.
The BDF Commander-in-Chief pointed out that the exercise is held simultaneously with the air drill ‘Basic Liaison 2018’ and the maritime one ‘Bridge 19’ to boost military skills and competence. He also emphasized the need to confront media wars by training specialized competencies, lauding the distinguished military media role in this regard.
The military exercise was attended by the General Command Court Director Major General Hassan Mohammed Sa’ad, Assistant Chief of Staff for Catering and Supply Rear Admiral Yusef Ahmed Malallah, Assistant Chief of Staff for Operations Major General Ghanim Ibrahim Al Fadhala and senior officers.
In another development, Jordanian Military Judiciary Director and the Court of State Security Attorney General Brigadier Hazim Abdulsalam Al Majali visited the BDF Military Museum. He was accompanied by Military Judiciary Chief and President of the Military Court of Cassation Major General Dr. Yusef Rashif Flifel. They were received by Media and Moral Guidance Director Major General Mohammed Qatami Al Kubaisi.
The Jordanian official toured the museum’s halls and sections which contain a collection of historical collectibles, artistic military paintings and models which are considered as a documentation archive of Bahrain’s military history.
For his part, His Majesty King Abdullah II is visiting Bahrain today in a working visit to meet with Bahraini King, Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa, and to participate in the three-day IISS Manama Dialogue slated for October 26th.
His Majesty will deliver the keynote at the summit, hosted by Bahrain for the 14th time since 2004.
The summit highlights the most prominent regional and international strategic security issues with the participation of politicians and military officials who represent 25 countries from the around the world to discuss challenges and developments related to security, defense, and foreign policy in the Middle East.