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King visits Rapid Response Unit

By JT - Apr 18,2016 - Last updated at Apr 18,2016

His Majesty King Abdullah speaks to soldiers from a Rapid Response Unit on Monday (Photo courtesy of Royal Court)

AMMAN — His Majesty King Abdullah, the Supreme Commander of the Jordan Armed Forces-Arab Army (JAF), on Monday visited the Rapid Response Unit, where he was briefed by its command on the organisational, training, operational and logistic arrangements.

Upon his arrival at the unit, the Supreme Commander was received by King’s Adviser for Military Affairs and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs-of-Staff Gen. Mashal Al Zaben.

The force, nicknamed "Desert Hawks", was formed under Royal directives, as a flexible, self-sufficient unit able to execute missions day and night and under different weather conditions, according to a Royal Court statement.

The force's current location is the same as of the Second Royal Armoured Battalion, which His Majesty commanded when he was a prince.

King Abdullah toured the force's different posts, recalling the years of service along with his brothers in arms, the statement added.

The Monarch praised the advanced level of the force, voicing his admiration of the skills and high morale its personnel enjoy.


His Majesty visited the force last week to check on the progress of its personnel's training.

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