UAE Air Forces’ F-16 squadron arrives in Jordan

AMMAN, 8th February, 2015 (WAM) — The UAE Air Force and Air Defence’s F-16 Squadron, ordered to be stationed in Jordan by His Highness General Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, arrived here today.

The initiative expresses the stance of the people, the government and the leadership of the UAE with fraternal Jordan at all levels and in all arenas, and reaffirms the UAE’s unwavering and constant solidarity with Jordan and its leading role and immense sacrifices for the security and stability of the region and in support of the military efforts of the Jordanian Armed Forces, the Jordan Arab Army, and their effective participation in the Global Coalition to Counter ISIL (Daesh).

The UAE’s initiative to support Jordan’s official and popular stance emanates from its deep belief in the need for collection Arab cooperation to eliminate terrorism, through actions and words, and bolster the security, stability and moderation of the nation by collectively encountering these terrorist gangs and their misleading ideology and brutal practices.

Upon arrival at a Jordanian airbase, the UAE force was received by the airbase commander who welcomed them and praised in a statement the historic ties between the UAE and Jordan, thanks to their leadership’s support.

He also lauded the UAE’s fraternal stances towards Jordan and pledged provision of all facilities to the UAE force by Jordan Arab Army throughout their mission.

Immediately after the leadership’s order to station the F-16 Squadron in Jordan, the UAE Air Force and Air Defence proceeded with equipping the squadron with pilots, technicians, equipment, aerial fuelling aircraft and the C-14 aircraft for strategic airlift.

The UAE Air Force and Air Defence’s Airbus military aerial refuelling conducted an air-to-air refuelling mission en-route to Jordan.

The UAE Air Force and Air Defence is credited with abilities for in-theatre strategic and speedy transportation, thanks to its fleet of modern fighters and strategic transportation aircraft.

Colonel Pilot Saeed Hassan, Commander of the UAE Force in Jordan, offered condolences to the Kingdom on the death of martyr and hero, Moaz al-Kasasbeh. He affirmed the Force’s readiness to conduct missions in coordination with the Jordanian Armed Forces.

“Our presence in Jordan is aimed at offering support to Jordan Arab Army in encountering Dae’sh terrorist group and providing all forms of operational support,” he said.

“We thank our wise leadership for selecting us to carry out this mission. We represent the leadership, the government and the people of the UAE and are determined to affirm our solidarity with and stand by the leadership, the government and the people of Jordan through our effective participation in the global coalition to counter Dae’sh,” he added.