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Speech of Maj Gen Ahmed Mohammed Al Sabab Al Tenaijy, Cdr of the Naval Forces.

Summary: The armed forces have become a strong shield to defend the UAE and extend its co-operation to the whole world. They proved efficient in defending our achievements and maintaining UAE peace and undertaking humanitarian missions.

When there is a will, miracles come true. It is on this glorious occasion that we recall the iron will of the late Shaikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan (God bless his soul)and his brotherly members of the Supreme Federal Council and Rulers of the Emirates. Full dedicated to their country, they laid the foundation of the UAE knowing that a solid foundation was only possible in the presence of a strong, unified army, thus triggering our national march.

The anniversary comes with new chapters of accomplishments and successive developments following the rhythm of our modern age. The May 6 th anniversary is an ever-lasting occasion and an embodiment of unity. The decision to unify the armed forces is a landmark and a vision that came true. Our forces have become not only a national shield but also one with overseas missions.

The Unification Day was a historic, unique event E... a landmark on the Federal march which put the armed forces under one, unified leadership. The decision was a true reflection of our leaders' strenuous efforts to strengthen the Federation, its foundation, stability, security and progress. They had a deep sense of the historic responsibility where self denial is a pre-requisite. The decision proved their strong belief in surmounting obstacles that might prevent interaction towards full integration of UAE institutions.

The merger of the armed forces led to a massive development in terms of size, weapons, organization, administration and rehabilitation of human resources to cope up with the age of technology and ongoing developments. Our forces proved efficiency not only in defending our achievements, peace and security, but also in their contribution to international humanitarian missions.

Modernization plans of the armed forces do not go counter to the UAE constant peaceful policy, but reflect our determination to defend our accomplishments, security and stability. A development not supported by armed forces is fragile and unsafe. It is a fully integrated concept with security and defense as the core and the armed forces are the heart. Our Navy is one of the services that earned a great deal of attention in terms of strategic weapon planning. Hence, the General Headquarters procured ships, boats and aircraft equipped with highly efficient weapon systems to meet operational requirements according to the latest technological standards. These plans were based on in-depth studies taking into consideration the corps' integration with other branches of the armed forces and ability to take part in joint operations.

The Navy's aspirations to reach aspired standards set to control our territorial waters are, and will continue to be, a main target for the Navy Forces.

I am confident that our Navy seals are, with God's help, able to exert more efforts to attain set targets outstandingly, and that our supreme command will continue to support modernization plans to supply the Navy with top-of-the-art weapons and equipment. The objective is to strengthen the UAE policy of peaceful existence E... a policy based on rejecting violence, terror, aggression, and cooperating with world countries and respecting neighbors' rights, without undermining UAE policy of solving disputes in a peaceful way.

It gives me honor on this dearest occasion to extend, on my behalf and on behalf of Navy personnel, sincerest congratulations to His Highness Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the United Arab Emirates, Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces (God bless him), and His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashed Al Maktoum, Vice-President of the UAE, Prime Minister, Ruler of Dubai, Their Highnesses members of the Supreme Federal Council and Rulers of the Emirates, and His Highness General Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, Deputy Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces, and to renew our loyalty to our leaders and pledge to sacrifice ourselves to defend the UAE. I also congratulate all the Armed Forces personnel on this everlasting occasion and wish the best for the armed forces and our beloved country.

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Publication:Khaleej Times (Dubai, United Arab Emirates)
Date:May 6, 2009
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