Lt Gen Nabhani praises joint efforts in military exercises

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The recently concluded national military exercise, Al Shomoukh 2 and joint exercise Swift Sword 3, which were carried out with the participation of British Armed Forces, were a model for joint national work at which the efforts of all military, security and civil sectors of the sultanate collaborated, said Lt Gen Ahmed bin Harith al Nabhani, chief of staff of the Sultan’s Armed Forces (SAF) and director of the exercise.

Lt Gen Nabhani said, “This national action had been given sufficient time to prepare and plan, in order to achieve the ambitions and envisaged objectives which are necessary in our time to keep pace with the rapid development of modern military concepts and the management of present conflicts. They are also necessary in order to preserve the achievements of our nation and maintain its security and stability.”

The exercises took place throughout October.

“The participants in the two exercises demonstrated great ability to plan and implement common operations and joint operations. The participants worked side by side in an efficient and capable manner with their counterparts from the British Armed Forces. We can confirm that all stages were implemented as planned.

“We were able to try and test the theoretical systems and laws on the ground with high professionalism and accuracy. The commands of the forces in the field adapted to the scenario prepared to achieve the national goal and provide all participants from different sectors with the required experiences in such large national events.”

He said that the number of participants for the exercises from different organisations stood at 88,000. It was the first event of its kind in the history of joint exercises implemented by the sultanate in terms of size. SAF chief of staff praised the strategic level, the Omani diplomacy, the economic aspect and the important roles they played in the exercise activities. He added that the role played by the ministers concerned with civil government institutions participating in the activities of the exercises had a significant impact on the positive interaction of those institutions.

He thanked all the commanders for their meticulous and professional work in issuing instructions for the deployment of units and their movements throughout the exercise period. He also expressed his thanks to national bodies and committees that worked tirelessly for the success of exercises.

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