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HM King Hamad hails BDF as ‘shield of Bahrain', marks 55th anniversary

TDT | Manama                      

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His Majesty King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa yesterday expressed pride in the top role played by the Bahrain Defence Force in defending the nation, marking its 55th anniversary.

The strides made by the BDF, ever since its establishment as a shield to defend the security and stability and preserve landmark achievements, HM King said, represents a source of pride.

King Hamad, the Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces, congratulated all BDF affiliates, including commanders, officers and servicemen.

King Hamad said this in a message thanking HRH Prince Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa, the Crown Prince and Prime Minister.

His Majesty also reiterated his pride in the BDF, as HM urged continued development to deal with the latest military systems to match advanced armies and keep pace with all military and technical strides.

Earlier, in a message, HRH Prince Salman, the Deputy Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces, described the milestone as a day of pride. His Royal Highness hailed the achievements of BDF in line with the vision of HM King.

BDF, Prince Salman said, is capable of defending the Kingdom's sovereignty and capabilities, supporting the march of progress and prosperity and contributing to maintaining security and peace in the region and the world with brotherly and friendly countries.

Further, HRH also reiterated allegiance of BDF to the HM King and commitment to attaining further achievements for the Kingdom of Bahrain.

The Commander-in-Chief of Bahrain Defence Force (BDF), Field Marshal Shaikh Khalifa bin Ahmed Al Khalifa, extended congratulations to HM King and HRH Prince Salman on behalf of all BDF personnel.

Shaikh Khalifa reiterated BDF personnel's loyalty to HM the King and their pledge to exert more in defending the nation and ensuring its prosperity.