His Majesty King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa of Bahrain, the Supreme Commander, patronized the tactical drill (Shield of the Nation 2020), conducted by the Bahrain Defense Force (BDF) with live ammunition.
Upon arrival, HM the King was welcomed by the BDF Commander-in-Chief, Field Marshal Sheikh Khalifa bin Ahmed Al Khalifa, National Guard Commander, General HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Isa Al Khalifa, National Security and Royal Guard Commander, Major-General HH Sheikh Nasser bin Hamad Al Khalifa, and Chief of Staff, Dhiyab bin Saqr Al-Nuaimi.
HM King Hamad was accompanied by Royal Court Minister, Sheikh Khalid bin Ahmed Al Khalifa and Royal Guard Special Force Commander, Lieutenant-Colonel HH Sheikh Khalid bin Hamad Al Khalifa.
After some holy Quran verses were recited, HM the King was briefed about the tactical drill’s details, stages and goals, Bahrain News Agency (BNA) reported.
Once HM King Hamad ordered the beginning of the exercise, the joint forces carried out the tasks assigned to them with outstanding skill, hitting the determined targets accurately, and according to the preset plans.
HM the King, the Supreme Commander, expressed pride in the comprehensive tactical drill, stressing that it reflects the brave BDF personnel’s professional level and high morale, as well as the participants’ accuracy, proficiency and harmony.
HM King Hamad indicated that the participants have proved their high professional level while managing the battle, valuing highly the efforts exerted by those in charge of the joint tactical drill to prepare well for it and execute it successfully, stressing the importance of the continuity of such joint exercises to improve the servicemen’s competence and combat skills.
HM the King, the Supreme Commander, valued highly the BDF’s noble health contributions and valuable national efforts to combat Coronavirus (COVID-19), within the national campaign the fight the pandemic, through providing well-equipped medical facilities and taking preventive measures, to ensure the safety of the citizens and residents.
HM the King affirmed that the BDF will remain, as it has always been, the fortified shield of the nation, as well as a force that supports peace and contributes to efforts to countering threats to the region, alongside brotherly and friendly countries, wishing everyone success.
HM the King, the Supreme Commander, expressed thanks to the tactical drill’s commander, participants and officials for the outstanding efforts they had exerted to ensure its success.
Defense Affairs Minister, Lieutenant-General Abdulla bin Hassan Al-Nuaimi, and a number of senior BDF Officers also attended the joint drill.