UAE Armed Forces celebrate Unification Day.
Commanders and units of the UAE Armed Forces have celebrated the 43rd Unification Day Anniversary, recalling the memories of the founding fathers, notably the late Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan, who managed through their diligence and will to build the Union and to unify the Armed Forces under one command, one banner, and who had worked collectively to consolidate the federal entity and stabilise its pillars.
On this occasion, the Armed Forces hailed the remarkable efforts of President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, and His Highness Sheikh Mohamed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, who continued the process of giving and building with unswerving determination and will to achieve the lofty goals of developing the armed forces and equip them with the most modern weapon systems.
The Land Forces Command held a ceremony marking the 43rd anniversary in the presence of Staff Major General Saleh Mohammed Al Amiri, Commander of the UAE Land Forces, and a large number of officers.
During the ceremony, a speech was delivered to shed light on the importance of this national occasion, celebrating the outstanding achievements and accomplishments of the UAE Armed Forces and marking with great dignity the martyrs' sacrifices for the nation.
Also, the Naval Forces observed this cherished national occasion in the presence of Major General Sheikh Saeed Bin Hamdan Bin Mohammed Al Nahyan, Commander of the UAE Naval Forces, and a large number of naval personnel.
During a special ceremony, a speech was delivered to note that the unification of the country's Armed Forces was in response to the hopes and aspirations of the UAE's people to consolidate the federal entity by establishing its foundations and building its institutions along with organising its structures.
Major General Staff Pilot Ibrahim Nasser Mohammed Al Alawi, Commander of the UAE Air Force and Air Defence, along with a large number of officers, also marked the occasion with a ceremony and a speech noting the significance of this national occasion. The commemoration of the 43rd anniversary of the Unification of the UAE Armed Forces, it was noted, is considered to have been a decisive event in consolidating the Union's march and fortifying its foundations.
Speaking to the military journal, 'Nation Shield', on the occasion of the 43rd anniversary of the UAE Armed Forces’ Unification Day, His Highness Sheikh Khalifa stated that there is no development without security and no security without a strong national army.
An important aspect of this exercise is to portray the coordination and collaboration that the armed forces employ while dealing with security threats.
In a statement, the Armed Forces also warned against approaching the rehearsal site or taking pictures, with fishermen, boats and ships also prohibited from coming near the restricted area from sea, for safety reasons.
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