Commander-in-Chief of the Bahrain Defense Force (BDF), Field Marshal Shaikh Khalifa bin Ahmed Al Khalifa, attended the joint maritime drill, (The Maritime Barrier), conducted by the BDF, along with the Interior Ministry on Tuesday and Wednesday.
Chief-of-Staff, Lieutenant-General Dhiyab bin Saqr Al-Nuaimi, was present, Bahrain News Agency (BNA) reported.
The Commander-in-Chief was briefed about the stages of the joint drill, implemented to strengthen the maritime military system aimed at protecting the kingdom’s territorial and economic waters against maritime infiltration, combating smuggling and piracy operations, and ensuring rapid response to search and rescue operations.
During the final phase of the joint exercise, the Commander-in-Chief was briefed on the practical applications and field operations carried out by the Royal Bahraini Naval Force (RBNF) and Coast Guards, using fast and modern boats that contain the best electronic systems, advanced military equipment and advanced navigation devices, which contributed to the rapid implementation of tasks to address and confront various dangers and deal with hostile targets in the designated area of operations, and training on the fastest methods in search operations and rescue methods for missing or injured persons.
The Commander-in-Chief expressed his thanks and appreciation to all those involved in the joint drill for the tremendous efforts they had made, as a result of the fruitful cooperation between the BDF and the Ministry of Interior, stressing that the joint maritime operations will be a bulwark against all challenges to the kingdom’s security and stability.
Assistant Chief-of-Staff for Supply and Catering, Rear Admiral Yussef Ahmed Malallah, Assistant Chief-of-Staff for Operations, Major General Ghanim Ibrahim Al-Fadhala, RBNF Commander. Rear Admiral Mohammed Yussef Al-Asam and senior BDF officers attended the drill.
Earlier, the Commander-in-Chief paid an inspection visit to a BDF unit Wednesday, where he was informed about its combat readiness and military preparedness, as well as its workflow.
The Commander-in-Chief affirmed that thanks to the great interest of His Majesty King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa, the Supreme Commander, who laid the foundations for the national march for resisting risks that requires constant vigilance and readiness to safeguard the national gains and civilizational achievements, Bahrain’s armed forces boast high competence and advanced combat potentials that enable them to deal with various threats and dangers that target the nation.
In another development, Bahrain’s Defense Affairs Minister, Lieutenant-General Abdulla bin Hassan Al-Nuaimi, received the Acting US Defense Secretary, Christopher Miller, and his accompanying delegation upon arrival at the Bahrain International Airport Wednesday.