UAE celebrates 47th Armed Forces Unification Day

ABU DHABI, 4th May, 2023 (WAM) -- The UAE will celebrate its 47th Armed Forces Unification Day on Saturday, commemorating the country's strong military force and its significant role in ensuring regional and international security and stability.

The occasion will highlight the country's successful military missions and operations, including its participation in the Coalition to Restore Legitimacy in Yemen, the Arab Deterrent Force in Lebanon, the Peninsula Shield Forces that liberated Kuwait, the United Nations' “Operation RESTORE HOPE” in Somalia, the de-mining and removal of cluster bombs and unexploded ordinances in Southern Lebanon, the efforts to help affected people in Kosovo, the rebuilding of Iraq, and significant relief operations after the earthquake in Pakistan in 2005.

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Türkiye recently recognised the efforts of the UAE's Joint Operations Command team in the "Operation Gallant Knight 2" mission, awarding them with the State Medal for Sacrifice for their efforts in search and rescue in the country's earthquake zones on February 6.

The UAE Armed Forces have been integral to the country's unification and development process over the past decades. They have received global recognition, including honouring certificates and reports by prominent organisations.

In a historic decision on May 6, 1976, the UAE's Founding Father, the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, unified the Armed Forces under one central command and flag, becoming the protector of the country's achievements and gains.

Under the leadership of the late Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the readiness of the UAE Armed Forces continued to strengthen. Today, President His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan supports and monitors the UAE Armed Forces, having contributed to their advancement since graduating from the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst in 1979.

Over the past decades, the UAE Armed Forces have kept pace with modern developmental and military training requirements and increased their effectiveness by adopting advanced technologies.