6 July 2012

Egypt: Morsy, Tantawi Witness Annual Graduation Ceremony of New Officers of Navy, Air Defense

President Mohamed Morsy and Field Marshal Mohamed Hussein Tantawi, the Armed Forces Commander in Chief and Head of the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF) and Defense Minister attended in Alexandria Thursday 05/07/2012 the graduation of the 63 batch of the Naval Academy Cadets and the 40th batch of the Air Defense Academy cadets.

The Naval Academy graduates included eight cadets from the Kingdom of Bahrain and four cadets from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Celebrations started after performing military salute to the President of the Republic who gave the go-on sign to start the celebration.

The Naval units gave a military performance at sea showing the high combat efficiency of the cadets in attacking enemy. They gave a performance as well in securing territorial waters against any threat.

Commander of the Naval Forces Admiral Mohab Memish told reporters on the sidelines of the ceremony that the Egyptian Naval units are keeping close eye on the coasts of the country around the clock and that the Navy is securing and protecting the territorial waters and the deep naval economic area of Egypt and that Alexandria Naval Arsenal is being developed for building up destroyers at home and that Egypt is cooperating with the United States in the manufacture of the most up-to-date rocket boats, where the Navy is to receive shortly a very up-to-date naval unit to guarantee the regional strategic balance.

In answer to a question on Sinai, Admiral Memish said that protecting Sinai coasts is carried out 24 hours a day with high degree of efficiency.

At the beginning of the naval forces graduation ceremony, Director of the Naval Academy Osama Mounir Rabie congratulated President Mohamed Morsy for his election win and the people's confidence in him.

The cadets of the 63rd batch graduated after four years of hard work in studying state-of-the-art naval and military sciences, said Rabie. The graduates will now join units of Egyptian, Bahraini and Saudi navy to boost the Egyptian and Arab armed forces, he added.

Also, President Mohammed Morsy and Head of the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF) Field Marshal Mohamed Hussein Tantawi attended the graduation ceremony of the 40th batch of the Air Defense Academy in Alexandria. The 197 graduates include eight cadets from Saudi Arabia.

The class of 40 showed off their skills and their top graduates were honored.

In a word, Director of the Air Defense Academy General Mohamed Abu-Bakr el-Shafei welcomed President Mohamed Morsy, saying the academy will continue its main role in preparing defenders of Egypt's skies.

Shafei called on the new graduates to seek better training and update their knowledge during the upcoming phase of their career.

Director of the Air Defense Academy Shafei has stressed the academy takes a keen interest in preparing well-trained cadets who are capable of dealing with any conditions during their military career.

Shafei told military reporters that the academy is keen on honing graduates' skills and training them in using state-of-the-art weapons.

Egypt's Air Defense Force is protecting the national airspace efficiently, said Commander Lt. General Abdel Aziz Seifuleddin.

In statements to military reporters, Seifuleddin noted that his forces are also protecting Egypt's territorial waters and lands.

The Air Defense Forces will remain undertaking their job with their national role being maintained for good, Seifuleddin added.

The Armed Forces experiment of handing over power to a civil authority is a unique one in the world, Seifuleddin said, adding that he feels proud being a member of the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces which has been shouldering a great responsibility since last year's revolution and the ousting of the former regime.

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