His Highness the Amir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani patronised the graduation ceremony of the sixth batch of students of Al Zaeem (Leader) Mohamed Bin Abdullah Al Attiyah Air College at its headquarters Wednesday morning.
The ceremony was attended by HE the Prime Minister and Minister of Interior Sheikh Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa al-Thani, Somali's Minister of Defence Hassan Ali Mohamed and a number of ministers, senior officers at the Ministry of Defence, military leaders, officials of security colleges from brotherly and friendly countries, guests and parents of graduates.
The ceremony began with the National Anthem. Then the commander of the parade came forward requesting the Amir to review the parade of the 82 graduates.
After reciting verses from the Holy Qur'an, the graduates' infantry parade then started.
The Amir then honoured outstanding graduates of the sixth batch and the outstanding members of the fourth course of helicopter pilot trainers from Qatar and Kuwait.
After that the sixth batch handed over the State flag to the seventh batch. An order for promotions was read out.
The Amir also watched an airshow by aircraft of the Amiri Air Forces and Al Zaeem Mohamed Bin Abdullah Al Attiyah Air College.
The Amiri Air Forces' aircraft included a number of Mirage 2000, Alpha Jet, C-130 and C-17 and Agusta, while Al Zaeem College's aircraft included PC-21, Super Mushshak and Gazelle.
After the show, the graduates took the oath and sang the National Anthem.
Addressing the ceremony, College Commander Brigadier (Pilot) Salim Hamad al-Nabit said that Al Zaeem expressed the pride of graduating the sixth batch of pilots and the supporting disciplines.
He said there is a 40% increase in the number of graduates this year compared to the fifth batch.
He pointed out that the sixth batch included 51 pilots and 28 graduates of supporting disciplines, in addition to graduates of the first regiment of officers of the Aircraft Armament Systems, which is a new discipline in the college.
Brigadier (Pilot) al-Nabit expressed thanks to the Amir and officials in the State for the care and attention given to the college.