His Highness the Amir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani patronised the graduation ceremony of the 7th batch of students of Al Zaeem (Leader) Mohamed Bin Abdullah Al Attiyah Air College at its headquarters in Al Udeid Air Base Wednesday.
The graduation ceremony was attended by HE the Prime Minister and Interior Minister Sheikh Khalid bin Khalifa bin Abdulaziz al-Thani and a number of ministers.
His Highness the Amir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani inspects a guard of honour
His Highness the Amir watches the ceremonies
His Highness the Amir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani poses with the graduates. The graduation ceremony was attended by HE the Prime Minister and Interior Minister Sheikh Khalid bin Khalifa bin Abdulaziz al-Thani, a number of ministers and dignitaries.
His Highness the Amir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani honours outstanding graduates
The ceremony was also attended by Oman’s Sultan Qaboos Air Academy Commander Staff Brigadier Air Jumaa bin Talib al-Jabri, Kuwaiti National Guard’s Staff Major General Faleh Shuja Faleh, Jordan’s King Hussein Air College Commander Staff Colonel Pilot Mohamed Khalaf Khalil al-Jaloudi, Turkish Air War Academy Commander Brigadier General Pilot Alparslan Yucel Soysal and Pakistan Air Force Commander Air Vice Marshal Hamid Rashid Randhawa.
Heads of the diplomatic missions accredited to Qatar and senior officers of the Ministry of Defence, the Ministry of the Interior, the State Security Bureau and the Amiri Guard, in addition to a number of leaders of security and military colleges and institutes from brotherly and friendly countries, guests and parents of graduates were also present.
At the beginning of the ceremony, the national anthem was played. Th 97 graduates come from Qatar and Kuwait.
After a recitation of verses from the Holy Qur’an and the performance of the graduates' parade and the military parade, His Highness the Amir honoured the top eight outstanding graduates and four officer graduates. Subsequently, the seventh batch handed over the flag to the eighth batch and the order for promotion was read out and the parade disbursed.
An air show held on the occasion started with a number of Amiri Air Force planes and aircraft from Al Zaeem Mohamed Bin Abdullah Al Attiyah Air College.
The Amiri Air Force fleet included a number of Rafale, Mirage 2000, Alpha Jet, Apache, Agusta, C-17 and C-130 aircraft, as well as a Twin Otter skydiving aircraft while Al Zaeem College aircraft included PC-21s, Super Mushshak and Gazelle.
At the end of the ceremony, the 7th batch of graduates took the oath and sang the national anthem.
In a speech on the occasion, Al Zaeem Mohamed Bin Abdullah Al Attiyah Air College Commander Staff Brigadier Pilot Hamad Hadid Mubarak al-Ibrahim said the 7th batch includes fighter and helicopter aviation and air support specialists.
Stressing that the batch is eager to protect the homeland, he described them as the leaders of tomorrow.
The official explained that the graduates of the seventh batch completed all the requirements and obtained a bachelor's degree in aviation science.
This batch of graduates includes 33 fixed wing pilots, 28 helicopter pilots, seven weapon systems officers and 29 who specialised in directing fighter aircraft, including nine from Kuwait.
Staff Brigadier Pilot Hamad al-Ibrahim praised Al Zaeem Air College for developing and continuing the policy of modernisation and development.
This included the utilisation of H125 aircraft as a replacement for the Gazelle aircraft. The AW-169 aircraft will be used to provide advanced training in helicopter flight for graduates before they join operations in the Air Force.
He stated that the College implemented new training courses such as the foundational candidate course and the military diploma course after they were previously held at Ahmed bin Mohamed Military College.
First Qatari female fighter pilot
Al Zaeem Mohamed Bin Abdullah Al Attiyah Air College Commander Staff Brigadier Pilot Hamad Hadid Mubarak al-Ibrahim expressed his pride in the graduation of the first Qatari female fighter pilot after she finished the required hours of study and training and completed the graduation requirements efficiently and competently.
He indicated that the College received correspondence from several friendly countries requesting seats for their students in the college, pointing out that currently there are students from Iraq and Kuwait.
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