His Majesty King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa of Bahrain attended the concluding stage of the joint military drill “Samoom 4”, which has been held over many days by the Royal Guard with live ammunition.
Commander-in-Chief of Bahrain Defense Force (BDF) Field Marshal Sheikh Khalifa bin Ahmed Al Khalifa also attended the military exercise, Bahrain News Agency (BNA) reported.
On arrival at the site of the drill, HM the King was welcomed by the exercise's Director Major General Sheikh Nasser bin Hamad Al Khalifa, the Royal Guard Commander, Lieutenant Colonel Sheikh Khalid bin Hamad Al Khalifa, the Royal Guard Special Force Commander, and senior officials.
HM the King listened to a briefing on the military drill, its stages and goals. Then, he watched the mobilization exercise with live ammunition which was characterized by precision and dexterity. He praised the high combat readiness of the participants, their professionalism and harmony, stressing keenness on further boosting combat capabilities and upgrading the level of training through specialized sessions to enhance the professional level of the BDF personnel.
HM the King thanked Major General Sheikh Nasser bin Hamad Al Khalifa for his distinguished management of the drill and efforts to boost the combat competencies of the Royal Guard personnel. He lauded participation of the Royal Guard and BDF personnel, alongside their brethren in the Arab coalition forces, in the Saudi-led “Operation Restore Hope” in Yemen. He also commended their courage and unflinching readiness to defend the nation and its development march as well as contribute to regional security, wishing all every success.
A number of participants in the exercise saluted HM the King who thanked them for their efforts to ensure success of the drill. The military exercise was attended by the BDF Chief-of-Staff.
In a separate development, National Guard Director of Staff Major General Sheikh Abdulaziz bin Saud Al Khalifa patronized a graduation ceremony of one of the specialized courses for Officers.
The ceremony began with a welcoming speech by the Training School Commandant in which he thanked the Director of Staff for his patronage of the graduation ceremony. He said that the Training School by virtue of the support from His Highness Lt-General Sheikh Mohammed bin Isa Al Khalifa, President of the National Guard, and attention of National Guard Director of Staff Major-General Sheikh Abdulaziz bin Saud Al Khalifa, is considered the main tributary of qualified National Guard personnel via highly specialized courses aimed to brush up Officers’ leadership skills.
He further outlined the course’s theoretical and practical curricula, followed by a short film showing the course activities.
The Director of Staff distributed certificates and conveyed to the graduates the greetings and congratulations from HH Lt-General Sheikh Mohammed bin Isa Al Khalifa, President of the National Guard.
He commended the great importance His Highness attaches to training aspects that will contribute to boosting Officers skills and capabilities and readiness of the National Guard while efficiently performing its national duty.