Bahrain Defence Force

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Bahrain Defence Force
قوة دفاع البحرين
Flag of the Bahrain Defence Force.svg
Service branches Royal Bahraini Army
Royal Bahraini Air Force
Royal Bahraini Navy
Royal Guard
Bahrain Royal Medical Services
Leadership
Supreme Commander Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa
Commander in chief Khalifa bin Ahmed Al Khalifa
Chief of staff Daij bin Salman Al Khalifa
Manpower
Active personnel 13,000 (approximate)
Expenditures
Percent of GDP 6.3% (2004 estimate)
Emblem of Bahrain.svg
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The Military of Bahrain popularly known as Bahrain Defence Force (BDF) was under Bahrain's Ministry of Defence and a part of the governmėnt and is simply Bahrain Defence Force under a field marshal who is the commander-in-chief.

It numbers about 13,000 personnel[1] and consists of the Royal Bahraini Air Force, Royal Bahraini Army, Royal Bahraini Navy and the Bahrain Royal Medical Services. Apart from the BDF, the public security forces and the Coast Guard report to the Ministry of Interior.

In January 2008, the Crown Prince, Salman bin Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa was appointed as the Deputy Supreme Commander,[2] while Khalifa bin Ahmed Al Khalifa was appointed as the Commander-in-Chief of the BDF.[3]

GCC support[edit]

Bahrain, in conjunction with its GCC partners has moved to upgrade its defenses in response to the threat posed by the Iran-Iraq and Persian Gulf wars.

In 1982, the GCC gave Bahrain $1.7 billion to help improve its defenses. Bahrain's defense spending since 1999 has been steady. The government spends around $320 million annually on their military.

Commanders-in-Chief of the BDF[edit]

# Name Picture Took Office Left Office
1 Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa Hamad-Bin-Isa-Al-Khalifa.jpg 1969 1999
2 Salman bin Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa Prince Salman bin Hamad al Khalifa at the Pentagon May 10 2012.jpg 1999 2008
3 Khalifa bin Ahmed Al Khalifa 2008 Still

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Bahrain". The 2011 US Department of State Background Notes. United States Department of State. Retrieved 2 March 2012. "The Bahrain Defense Force (BDF) numbers about 13,000 personnel." 
  2. ^ "Royal Decree No 1 of the Year 2008 on the Appointment of the Deputy Supreme Commander". Official Gazette of the Kingdom of Bahrain. 6 January 2008. 
  3. ^ "Royal Decree No 2 of the Year 2008 on the Appointment of the Commander-in-Chief of the Bahrain Defence Force". Official Gazette of the Kingdom of Bahrain. 6 January 2008. 

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