The Bahrain Defense Force (BDF) concluded the joint marine drill, “Neon Response-19”, which was carried out by the Royal Bahrain Naval Force (RBNF), with the participation of the Bahraini Royal Field Engineering Unit and the US naval forces.
The joint drill aims to enhance training, rehabilitation, and exchange of expertise, as well as to improve the competence of participants, according to Bahrain News Agency (BNA).
The drill featured a number of military and naval exercises and various tactical maneuvers which were implemented through using the latest advanced combat techniques.
Meanwhile, Commander-in-Chief of Bahrain Defense Force (BDF) Field Marshal Sheikh Khalifa bin Ahmed Al Khalifa received the US Ambassador to Bahrain Justin Sibrell. The meeting was attended by Minister of Defense Affairs Lieutenant General Abdullah bin Hassan Al Nuaimi.
The BDF Commander-in-Chief welcomed the US Ambassador, lauding relations of friendship between both countries. Both sides also discussed ways of bolstering bilateral cooperation mainly in the military and defense field.
Present at the meeting were the General Command Court Director Major General Hassan Mohammed Sa’ad, Assistant Chief-of-Staff for Supply and Catering Rear Admiral Yusef Ahmed Malallah, Commander of the Royal Bahrain Air Force Air Vice-Marshal Sheikh Hamad bin Abdullah Al Khalifa, Military Cooperation Director Rear Admiral Mohammed Hashim Al Sadah, Assistant Chief of Staff for Operations Major General Ghanim Ibrahim Al Fadhala and senior officers.
The meeting was also attended by the US Military Attaché to Bahrain David C Wallin.
Lastly, Field Marshal Sheikh Khalifa bin Ahmed Al Khalifa also paid an inspection visit to a number of BDF units and listened to a briefing on the work process there and their combat and administrative readiness. He was also informed about the units' cutting-edge military equipment, development plans and training programs. He praised the units’ advanced level and high competence of their personnel in assuming the responsibilities entrusted with them.
The BDF Commander-in-Chief underlined the ongoing modernization march of BDF to enable it fulfill its duties. He paid tribute to the BDF personnel for their sacrifice, courage, determination and discipline to protect the nation and its achievements.