His Majesty King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa, the Supreme Commander, visited the Royal Bahrain Naval Force (RBNF). He was welcomed by Bahrain Defense Force (BDF) Commander-in-Chief Field Marshal Shaikh Khalifa bin Ahmed Al Khalifa. Lt. Col. HH Shaikh Khalid bin Hamad Al Khalifa, Commander of the Royal Guard Special Force, and Captain His Highness Shaikh Mohammed bin Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa were also present during the visit.
King Hamad was also welcomed by Minister of Defense Affairs Lieutenant-General Abdullah bin Hassan Al Nuaimi, BDF Chief of Staff Lieutenant General Theyab bin Saqr Al Nuaimi and RBNF commander and officers. During the event, the King inaugurated five advanced new warships for the Royal Bahraini Naval Force – Al Ghurairiah, Sakhir, Al Farooq, Jenan, and Damsa – and emphasized the ships’ high combat potential, which showed the diversification of Bahrain Defense Force’s assets.
He stressed the importance of the strategic partnership that brings together the Kingdom of Bahrain, the United States of America and the United Kingdom in all fields, especially the military, defense and security. He also praised the brave men of the Royal Navy for their dedication and commitment to their noble and lofty mission, united with their brave brothers from the Bahrain Defense Force, in defending the homeland and its civilizational gains.