WAM MANAMA, 22nd January 2014 (WAM) – His Majesty King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa attended on Wednesday the final joint exercise, codenamed: "Wolf’s Claws", conducted by the Bahrain Defence Force (BDF)’ Royal Special Force and the Special Operations Command (SOC) of the UAE Armed Forces with live ammunition.
According to Bahrain News Agency (BNA), King Hamad was welcomed by the BDF Commander-in-Chief Field Marshal Shaikh Khalifa bin Ahmed Al Khalifa, the Chief of Staff, the Commander of the Joint Peninsula Shield Forces and senior officers.
Commander of the Royal Special Force unit delivered a statement in which he welcomed the King of Bahrain, the Supreme Commander, and thanked the members of the Special Operations Command for their efforts to develop and consolidate the joint exercise which began in 1994, noting that the drill reflects the advanced level of solidarity among GCC countries and translates the brotherly military cooperation among them on the ground.
He also briefed King Hamad on the phases and theoretical and practical parts of the three-day joint exercise.
King Hamad watched part of the drill, conducted with live ammunition and included a number of military exercises.
He lauded the solid Bahrain-UAE military cooperation, reflecting the strength of the deep-rooted joint ties, growing steadily for the common interests of the two brotherly peoples.
King Hamad welcomed the participation of the UAE Special Operations in the joint drill, held in the kingdom along with their brothers from the Royal Special Force, expressing admiration of the outstanding level of performance and harmony among the affiliates of the two units, which, he said, proves their distinguished skills and competence.
He valued highly the "fruitful" efforts exerted by all the participants who, he said, showed outstanding level, preparedness and high morale, highlighting the importance of holding similar exercises among the armed forces of GCC countries in order to acquire more expertise and consolidate joint military coordination.
After that, King Hamad greeted the participants and wished them every success in assuming their patriotic duties.
HM the King expressed utmost pleasure at the advanced level of the exercise, and thanked the UAE for its continuous contributions, paying special tribute to President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan.