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Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman attending the graduation ceremony in Riyadh (واس)

Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman attending the graduation ceremony in Riyadh (واس)

Speaking at the graduation of the 89th group of cadets from King Faisal Air Academy in Riyadh on Monday, Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, second deputy premier and defense minister, confirmed that the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz, supreme commander of the Saudi armed forces, wants the country’s army to be persistently upgraded and improved to face external threats.

The 89th cadet group has succeeded in accomplishing their technical training on the country’s most state-of-the-art jets.

When the Deputy Crown Prince arrived at the venue, he was welcomed by Chief of General Staff Gen. Abdulrahman Al-Bunyan, Acting Commander of Air Forces Air Vice Marshal Mohammed Al-Otaibi and Commander of King Faisal Air Academy Air Vice Marshal Abdullah Al-Qarni.

Air Academy Air Vice Marshal Abdullah Al-Qarni confirmed in at the occasion that all the graduating cadets have met all qualifying requirements. The group has undergone academic and military training in both drill fields and academic classes. Vice Marshal Abdullah congratulated the graduates and wished them to prosper at their assigned Air bases.

He also pointed out that the cadets have been trained to efficiently navigate Pilatus PC-21 panes. Among the trainees were also Qatari cadets.

Prince Mohammed watched a demonstration of training aircraft at the college along with a number of princes, ministers, senior officials, and military attaches.

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