Saudi and Bahraini naval forces launch joint exercise in Jubail

The exercise will enhance the capabilities that ensure the security and stability of the region, and develop operational compatibility and tactical efficiency: official

  
Image used for illustrative purpose. A Saudi border guard watches as he stands in a boat off the coast of the Red Sea on Saudi Arabia's maritime border with Yemen, near Jizan April 8, 2015.

Image used for illustrative purpose. A Saudi border guard watches as he stands in a boat off the coast of the Red Sea on Saudi Arabia's maritime border with Yemen, near Jizan April 8, 2015.

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RIYADH: The Royal Saudi Naval Forces and their Bahraini counterparts launched a mixed bilateral naval exercise in the Eastern Province on the Arabian Gulf, the Saudi defense ministry announced on Sunday.

The JISR-22 exercise was held at King Abdul Aziz Naval Base in Jubail.

Vice Admiral Majid bin Hazza Al-Qahtani, commander of the Eastern Fleet, said that the exercise will enhance the capabilities that ensure the security and stability of the region, and develop operational compatibility and tactical efficiency.

The exercise will also strengthen capabilities in naval operations, with the participation of the Royal Saudi Air Force in close air support.

Al-Qahtani added that the exercise is an extension of the JISR (bridge) exercises, which are carried out periodically between the two countries, and aims to enhance security cooperation, secure territorial waters, and unify concepts and joint work.

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