The Commander-in-Chief of the Bahrain Defense Force (BDF) Field Marshall Sheikh Khalifa bin Ahmed Al Khalifa (photo) has attended the opening of the International Maritime Security Construct (IMSC) Task Force premises within the US Naval Support Activity.
The ceremony was attended by Bahrain’s Defense Minister General Abdullah bin Hassan Al Nuaimi and His Highness Naval Captain Sheikh Isa bin Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa, Bahrain News Agency (BNA) reported.
At the beginning of the visit, the BDF Commander-in-Chief met with Vice Admiral James Malloy, Commander of the U.S. Naval Forces and U.S. Central Command and Commander of the U.S. Fifth Fleet, and praised the efficient role of the U.S. Naval Support Activity in Bahrain and its major and significant role in carrying out the defensive maritime missions and duties.
The BDF is continuing the process of coordination between the two friendly countries at various levels, especially with regard to military coordination and defense cooperation, he added.
The BDF Commander-in-Chief underlined the depth of the friendly relations and close cooperation between Bahrain and the United States through unifying efforts between the naval and defense military units and intensifying endeavors in accordance with the global trends to secure the sea-lanes, combat terrorism and confront threats in order to achieve security and stability across the Gulf and the region.
During the visit, the BDF Commander-in-Chief inaugurated the International Maritime Security Construct (IMSC) Task Force premises and he toured the various sections where he was briefed on the modern equipment and the advanced systems and techniques for securing waterways and maritime navigation.
The Commander-in-Chief was also briefed on the missions and duties of the IMSC Task Force and the various phases of its actions aimed at enhancing naval security, ensuring freedom of maritime navigation and addressing the various challenges and threats in the region.
The inauguration ceremony was also attended by the Ambassador of the United Arab Emirates, HH Sheikh Sultan bin Hamdan bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the US Ambassador to Bahrain Justin Hicks Siberell, Lieutenant General Fahad bin Abdullah Al Ghufaili, Commander of the Royal Saudi Naval Forces, BDF Senior Officers and Officers from the GCC unified Maritime Operations Centre.