HM Sultan Qaboos, the Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces, yesterday presided over a military parade held at the Sultan Qaboos Air Academy yesterday to mark the Sultanate’s 42nd National Day.
Various units of the Sultan’s Armed Forces, the Royal Guard of Oman and the Royal Oman Police were represented at the parade.
Upon the arrival of His Majesty the Sultan at the parade grounds, he was received by Gen Sultan bin Mohammed al Nu’mani, Minister of the Royal Office, Sayyid Badr bin Saud al Busaidy, Minister Responsible for Defence Affairs, Lt Gen Ahmed bin Harith al Nabhani, Chief of Staff of the Sultan’s Armed Forces, and Air Vice-Marshal Mattar bin Ali al Obaidani, Commander of the Royal Air Force of Oman (Rafo).
As His Majesty the Sultan ascended the Royal Box, the parade column gave the military salute.
The Royal Anthem was played by the joint parade band, while the artillery fired a 21-gun salute in honour of His Majesty.
Then the commander of parade column approached the Royal Box asking permission of His Majesty to start the parade which began with a military music performed by the joint band comprising the wings of the Sultan’s Armed Forces, the Royal Guard of Oman, the Royal Oman Police and the Royal Court Affairs which passed in front of the Royal Box in military formations.
The Columns of the Protocols Guard staged a military show in slow motion as they passed before the Royal Box chanting the military anthem to the accompaniment of joint military music.
Then the Columns of the Protocols Guard vowed loyalty to His Majesty the Sultan and pronounced the pledge: Faith in Allah, Allegiance to the Sultan and sacrifice to the homeland. They proclaimed thrice “Long Live His Majesty Sultan Qaboos, the Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces.”
Then, the Royal Anthem was played and the columns of the Protocols Guard gave the military salute to His Majesty the Sultan signalling the conclusion of the parade.
Then, the Royal Anthem was played and the columns gave the military salute to His Majesty the Sultan, signalling the end of the parade, and His Majesty the Sultan left the parade grounds. The ceremony was attended by members of the Royal Family, Chairmen of Majlis Addawla and Majlis Ash’shura, ministers, advisers, the Inspector-General of Police and Customs, the Head of the Internal Security Service, the Commander of the Military Corps, the Commander of the Royal Guard of Oman and senior defence officials. Also present were members of the Majlises and senior government officials.
His Majesty the Sultan accepted a commemorative gift on the occasion from Air Vice Marshal Mattar bin Ali al Obaidani, the Commander of the Royal Air Force of Oman.