Sharjah Union Fortress parade showcases UAE forces might

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Filed on November 3, 2017

A massive gathering of citizens and expatriates were spectators to the military exercise

The second edition of Union Fortress show, the largest-ever live military demonstration by the UAE Armed Forces, took place in Al Khan area in Sharjah on Friday. The military parade was organised to show its role in safeguarding the security, as part of the UAE Flag Day celebrations.

The event was attended by Sheikh Sultan bin Mohammed bin Sultan Al Qasimi, Crown Prince and Deputy Ruler of Sharjah and Chairman of the Executive Council; Sheikh Abdullah bin Salim bin Sultan Al Qasimi, Deputy Ruler of Sharjah; Mohammed bin Ahmed Al Bowardi, Minister of State for Defence Affairs; Lieutenant-General Hamad Mohammed Thani Al Rumaithi, Chief of Staff of the Armed Forces, and senior officials from the Ministry of Interior (MoI).

A massive gathering of citizens and expatriates were spectators to the military exercise, which showed capabilities of the Armed Forces including its code of conduct, equipment and training to defend the nation and its people. Military helicopters and fighter aircraft showed feats on the sky while armoured vehicles moved on the roads and armed boats steered through the waters of Al Khan. The show emphasised the readiness, courage, and professionalism of the forces to confront regional threats and challenges.

An official at the organising committee of the event said the military parade carried out by the ground forces, naval, air forces and the Presidential Guard, embodied the courage, dedication and professionalism of the members which is the shield and sword that protects the national gains of UAE. “Thanks to our wise leadership, the Armed Forces have become a maker of heroes because of their central role in promoting cohesion, national identity, patriotism, and consolidating the unity of the Union in various tasks.” Thousands of UAE nationals and expatriates applauded the world-class tactical, strategic professionalism and extreme performance levels of the members of the Armed Forces, expressing pride in their ability to carry out quick and flexible missions to defend and protect the UAE and the wider Arab region.

The show concluded with the introduction of the Emirates Knights Team in the skies where the Free Jump team from the special operations made a 5,000ft jump using the canopy canals, allowing them to land accurately wherever they wanted. The gathering also enjoyed the entry of cavalry team, carrying the flag of the UAE, raising the banner of the nation, saluting the oath of allegiance to the leadership of the UAE.

War-like situation on show

The Union Fortress show began with a set scene where a VIP convoy was exposed to a terrorist attack. The public saw how the special guards dealt with the attack through an aerial reconnaissance. The public also saw an air raid using F-16 and Mirage aircraft, evacuation of the hostages using the aerial evacuation basket and the withdrawal of the forces.

The second scenario showed how an Emirati delegation was protected during a car bomb explosion. The delegation was on the way to visit the headquarters of the UAE soldiers working outside the borders of the homeland on a military mission. The Presidential Guard, assigned to protect the delegation, blocked the attack and transferred the VIPs away from the scene of the clash.

However, the convoy was ambushed by another group that used booby-trapped vehicles and began direct shooting to stop the procession and took them as hostages. The air escort team engaged with the hostile group while the naval forces remained stationed in the boats. The General Command of the Armed Forces managed the crisis and launched a drone to trace the kidnappers and terrorists. The aircraft managed to detect the location of the hostile forces where the hostages were taken. The Armed Forces carried out a qualitative and sophisticated operation to rescue the hostages with the contribution of all combat units and rapid land and sea intervention.

The gathering also saw live scenes of the soldiers rescuing the hostages. Fires were executed from long distances without drawing attention of the enemies and the special forces expanded to infiltrate the area using rubber boats and then moved to the mainland.

The airborne elements entered the operation on Bell helicopters with snipers dealing with the hostile targets from the sky. The soldiers on the ground intervened to deal with the target and engage in direct elimination, hence rescuing the hostages. They were evacuated to a safe area with advanced medical facilities.


Source  :  The Khaleej Times

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