Unification of the UAE Armed Forces, a historic milestone in the nation’s journey: Chief of Staff

Lt. Gen. Hamad Mohammed Thani Al Rumaithi, Chief of Staff of the United Arab Emirates Armed Forces, said the decision to unify the armed forces was a crucial and historic step in the nation’s journey.

In his speech to ‘Nation Shield’, the UAE’s military newspaper, on the occasion of the 46th anniversary of Armed Forces Unification Day, Lt. Gen. Hamad Al Rumaithi said: ”We are proud of the advanced and distinguished performance of our armed forces. , including through its capabilities for self-development, and to invest in human capital, as well as particular attention given to the development of military institutes and academies that match their international counterparts in terms of curricula and methods of training. reads: ”On this glorious day, the nation celebrates one of the key milestones in our national history, the anniversary of the unification of our armed forces, and we remember, with pride and appreciation, the role of the founding father , the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan and the other founding leaders, who realized the importance of establishing a military force to protect the country.

The unification of the armed forces of the United Arab Emirates was a wise and early lesson in patriotism and awareness of the essential role of national armies in protecting the security, stability and territories of countries facing challenges and to foreign threats. The leaders of the United Arab Emirates have continued this approach by strengthening the country’s weapons capabilities and combat expertise.

The decision to unify the armed forces was a crucial and historic step in the nation’s journey. The Armed Forces of the United Arab Emirates are an important source of national coherence bound to the citizens by a sacred vow, which protects the United Arab Emirates, its flag and its values, underlined by the performance of the Armed Forces during their combat missions, humanitarian and relief.

Unified on May 6, 1976 to protect our country and our people, the United Arab Emirates Armed Forces has evolved into an advanced military force equipped with the latest weapons and the best combat expertise, enabling it to meet present and future challenges. Our armed forces are capable of establishing peace, strengthening stability, protecting security and actively collaborating with friendly armies to rebuild countries in post-conflict and post-crisis situations.

History has well documented the contributions of our brave armed forces and their competence during missions abroad, whether in peacekeeping or in aid and humanitarian assistance in conflict zones.

We are proud of the advanced and distinguished performance of our Armed Forces, especially through their abilities for self-development and investment in human capital, as well as the special attention given to the development of military institutes and academies. that match their international counterparts in terms of training programs and methods. In addition, our armed forces have also shown their willingness to enhance their capabilities by conducting joint exercises with the armed forces of friendly countries.

On this special national occasion, we proudly commemorate the martyrs of our armed forces who made the ultimate sacrifice in defending our country and its noble values ​​and principles and in protecting regional and global peace and security. We also express our thanks and gratitude to the heroes of the Armed Forces and praise their patriotism and loyalty, as well as their dedication to honoring their commitment to protect our homeland.

On this day, I extend my best wishes, on behalf of all Armed Forces personnel, to 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, His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces of the United Arab Emirates, and Their Highnesses Members of the Supreme Council and Rulers of the Emirates, and we renew our commitment to hold high the flag of the United Arab Emirates and to ensure that justice and fairness reign supreme.