Military and Strategic Journal
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United Arab Emirates
Founded in August 1971

2018-05-02

The Year of Zayed and Armed Forces Unification



By:Staff Lieutenant Colonel / 
Yousef Juma Al Haddad
Editor in Chief
May 6 marks the 42nd anniversary of the unification of our Armed Forces, a national historic occasion, which has a great place in the heart of every member of the Armed Forces and the whole nation. It was the true beginning of the journey of development and modernisation of our Armed Forces at all levels and branches. Today, the institution has become a striking force that is armed and trained in accordance with the latest training systems and military equipment to protect national achievements and contribute to peace-making in the region and the world at large.
The 42nd anniversary of the unification of our Armed Forces coincides with the ‘Year of Zayed’, in which the UAE celebrates the 100th anniversary of the birth of the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, may God rest his soul. This consolidates our feelings of loyalty, pride and gratefulness to the founding leader, who had a great vision and long-term planning to build a unified and modern armed forces. Despite the difficulty of this task, which faced many obstacles, the determination of the founding leader, his sincere and strong will and his constructive cooperation with his brothers the rulers of the emirates helped conquer the difficulties and establish the modern armed forces that reinforced the strength of the nascent state of the Union. The ‘Year of Zayed’ and the ‘Unification of the Armed Forces’ together constitute an important opportunity to revive the legacy of the late Sheikh Zayed. He was the initiator of a unique school of national values and principles that represents a renewed inspiration for all the people of the nation.
 
The honourable image of our Armed Forces, 42 years after the resolution of its unification, and the growing confidence and appreciation of it by many countries of the world as one of the region’s best professionally trained and armed armies, would not have been possible without the unlimited support of our wise leadership. This support has been provided through the sound scientific preparation of the human capital as the mainstay of any modern armed forces, as well as the continuous efforts to modernise and develop the Armed Forces by supplying it with state-of-the-art weapons and providing world-class military training. All these have helped to improve the efficiency, capabilities and readiness of our Armed Forces.
 
On this national occasion, which is dear to all of our hearts, we offer a tribute to the lives of the heroes of our Armed Forces who were martyred in the field of duty, in defence of the truth and legitimacy, and who upheld the principles of the permanent UAE values. We pray to the Almighty God to have mercy on our martyrs. We also want to convey a message of appreciation and gratitude to the valiant heroes of our Armed Forces who are stationed in Yemen, participating in the process of restoring hope as part of the Arab coalition forces. They are the best examples of sacrifice and redemption so that the UAE flag may remain soaring high in the fields of honour and duty.
 

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