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UAE armed forces are the 'best equipped in the region'

posted on 03/12/2008: 1907 views

The unification of the Armed Forces was one of the fruits of the formation of the seven-member federation of the UAE on December 2, 1971.

On May 6, 1976, the Federal Supreme Council issued a landmark decision merging all Armed Forced under one command and one flag. The decision was issued in line with the directives of the late Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan.

The unification was a reflection of strong bonds between people of the UAE and a result of great efforts made by Sheikh Zayed, the Supreme Council Members and Rulers of the Emirates.

Following unification, the UAE's leaders devoted much attention to the building up the country's defensive capability through the establishment of military training institutions and the procurement of the latest military equipment making the UAE Army one of the most advanced in the world.

Speaking on the occasion of UAE National Day, Lieutenant General Hamad Mohammad Thani Al Rumaithi, Chief of Staff of the UAE Armed Forces, paid tribute to Sheikh Zayed and UAE leaders for their efforts and support which strengthened the country's forces.

"As we celebrate the anniversary of the federation, we remember the armed forces' unification day, which would have not been possible without the great efforts of Sheikh Zayed.

Al Rumaithi stated the UAE is determined to build its military and enhance defence capabilities through acquiring modern equipment and technology.

"The federation gave birth to a strong army, which is a pillar for progress and development," he said.

Al Rumaihti said the Armed Forces had made a qualitative breakthrough, now standing on par with the most modern armies in the region thanks to the availability of modern weaponry, sound scientific planning, organisation and highly trained national personnel.

The building up of the country's defensive capability via the establishment of military training institutes and the employment of technologies and the latest military developments was given priority and special support by President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, His Highness Sheikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, and General Sheikh Mohammad Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Abu Dhabi Crown Prince and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces.

The UAE has always been keen to enhance the capabilities of its Armed Forces by supplying modern weapons and equipment and providing them with military training, to safeguard the nation, Al Rumaithi added. – Emirates News Agency, WAM


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