Bahrain's King Hamad bin Isa Al-Khalifa attended the final day of the three-day exercise. (Agence France-Presse)
DUBAI — United Arab Emirates and Kingdom of Bahrain special forces have completed a three-day live ammunition exercise in the kingdom this week.
The exercise, codenamed Wolf’s Claws and conducted by the Bahrain Defence Force Royal Special Force and the Special Operations Command of the UAE Armed Forces, was attended by Bahraini King Hamad bin Isa Al-Khalifa Wednesday on the final day of the joint exercise, according to the Bahrain News Agency (BNA).
Field Marshal Sheikh Khalifa bin Ahmed Al Khalifa, Bahrain Defence Force commander in chief, was joined at the exercise by the commander of the Joint Peninsula Shield Forces, by Maj. Gen. Mutleq bin Salem al-Ezaimi and senior officers from the UAE Special Operations Command.
According to a statement released by the Bahrain Royal Special Force, the drill reflects the advanced level of solidarity among Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries and translates the brotherly military cooperation among them on the ground.
King Hamad welcomed the participation of the UAE Special Operations in the joint drill, BNA reported. The king expressed his 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 an outstanding level of 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. ■