The Commander-in-Chief of the Bahrain Defense Force (BDF) Field Marshall Shaikh Khalifa bin Ahmed Al Khalifa has attended the opening of the International Maritime Security building within the US Naval Support Activity.

The ceremony was attended by Defense Minister General Abdullah bin Hassan Al Nuaimi and His Highness Naval Captain Shaikh Isa bin Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa.

At the beginning of the visit, the BDF Commander-in-Chief met with Vice Admiral James Malloy, Commander of the U.S. Naval Forces and U.S. Central Command and Commander of the U.S. Fifth Fleet, and praised the efficient role of the U.S. Naval Support Activity in Bahrain and its major and significant role in carrying out the defensive maritime missions and duties.

The BDF is continuing the process of coordination between the two friendly countries at various levels, especially with regard to military coordination and defense cooperation, he added.

The BDF Commander-in-Chief underlined the depth of the friendly relations and close cooperation between Bahrain and the United States through unifying efforts between the naval and defense military units and intensifying endeavors in accordance with the global trends to secure the sea-lanes, combat terrorism and confront threats in order to achieve security and stability across the Gulf and the region.

During the visit, the BDF Commander-in-Chief inaugurated the International Maritime Security building and he toured its various sections where he was briefed on the modern equipment and the advanced systems and techniques for securing waterways and maritime navigation.