Establishment of BDF remains milestone in Bahrain’s glorious history: HM King Hamad
TDT | Manama
The Daily Tribune – www.newsofbahrain.com
His Majesty King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa commended all the Bahrain Defence Force (BDF) affiliates for their efforts to protect the national achievements, civilisation, security, and national unity with competence and sincere determination.
The Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces said that they are the protective shield of the homeland, and are always the source of pride. He added that the establishment of the BDF will always remain a milestone in the Kingdom’s glorious history.
His Majesty was speaking yesterday as he paid a visit, in the presence of His Royal Highness Prince Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa, the Crown Prince, Deputy Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces and Prime Minister, to the BDF General Command, marking its 55th anniversary.
HM King Hamad expressed his congratulations and appreciation to all BDF officers, non-commissioned officers and servicemen in Bahrain and abroad, as well as the citizens on this glorious national occasion.
He emphasised that the BDF’s achievements, distinguished work and good reputation have earned it the trust of citizens, as well as that of those of the Gulf Cooperation Council states and friendly countries.
“We always strive for peace. Bahrain is a pioneer in the region in all fields, and we are keen to maintain this status for our future generations,” HM the King said.
He expressed thanks to HRH Prince Salman for his unwavering support for the Kingdom’s armed forces.
His Majesty also paid tribute to BDF Commander-in-Chief, Field Marshal Shaikh Khalifa bin Ahmed Al Khalifa, for his ongoing efforts to develop the BDF, valuing highly the dedicated efforts exerted by all its affiliates since its establishment.
HM the King affirmed that the BDF is progressing steadily thanks to its brave personnel, citing its efforts to defend the nation’s security and sovereignty, support for the national development process in the health and housing fields, success in attaining landmark sports results at regional and global sporting gatherings, as well as contributions to the kingdom’s hosting of mega national and international events, including the Bahrain International Airshow (BIAS).
He said that the Bahraini citizens have set the example in their perseverance and solid determination to achieve success, wishing everyone continued success. The Armed Forces, Supreme Commander was presented with a commemorative gift from HRH the Crown Prince and Prime Minister on the glorious national occasion.
HRH the Crown Prince, Deputy Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces and Prime Minister was also presented with gift from the BDF chief on the same occasion.
Upon arrival, HM the King was welcomed by Field Marshal Shaikh Khalifa bin Ahmed and National Security Advisor, Royal Guard Commander, Major-General His Highness Shaikh Nasser bin Hamad Al Khalifa.
His Majesty was also welcomed by the Defence Affairs Minister, Lieutenant-General Abdulla bin Hassan Al Noaimi, Chief of Staff, Lieutenant-General Dheyab bin Saqr Al Noimi, and a number of senior officers.
A band played the National Anthem in tribute to HM the King. HM the King met senior officers, who extended to HM deepest congratulations on the BDF’s 55th anniversary, lauding his unwavering support for the BDF, and wishing him continued success in leading the Kingdom towards more progress and prosperity.