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Amir patronises graduation of seventh batch of Al Zaeem Air College
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Amir patronises graduation of seventh batch of Al Zaeem Air College

HH the Amir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani patronized 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 on Wednesday morning.
The graduation ceremony was attended by HE Prime Minister and Minister of Interior Sheikh Khalid bin Khalifa bin Abdulaziz Al-Thani and a number of Their Excellencies the Ministers.
The ceremony was also attended by Commander of Sultan Qaboos Air Academy of the Sultanate of Oman Staff Brigadier Air Jumaa bin Talib Al-Jabri, Staff Major General Faleh Shuja Faleh from Kuwaiti National Guard, Commander of King Hussein Air College in the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan Staff Colonel Pilot Mohammed Khalaf Khalil Al-Jaloudi, Commander of the Turkish Air War Academy Brigadier General Pilot Alparslan Yucel Soysal and Commander of Pakistan Air Force Air Vice Marshal Hamid Rashid Randhawa.
Their Excellencies heads of the diplomatic missions accredited to the State and senior officers of the Ministry of Defense, 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. 
At the beginning of the ceremony, the national anthem was played. Then commander of the graduates' queue came forward to request HH the Amir to review the queue of the 97 graduates from the State of Qatar and the sisterly State of Kuwait.
After reciting verses from the Holy Quran and the performance of the graduates' parade and the military parade, HH the Amir honored the first eighth outstanding graduates and the four officer graduates. After that, the seventh batch handed over the flag to the eighth batch and the order for promotion was then read out and the parade queue left.
The air show began for a number of Amiri Air Force planes and the Al Zaeem Mohamed Bin Abdullah Al Attiyah Air College.
The Amiri Air Force aircraft 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 and the Al Zaeem College aircraft which included PC-21s, Super Mushshak and Gazelle.
At the end of the ceremony, the 7th batch of graduates took the oath and performed the national anthem.
Commander of Al Zaeem Mohamed Bin Abdullah Al Attiyah Air College Staff Brigadier Pilot Hamad Hadid Mubarak Al Ibrahim gave a speech on this occasion in which he said that the 7th batch includes fighter and helicopter aviation and air support specialists in which graduates attained knowledge and training. He emphasized that the batch is eager to protect the homeland as the leaders of tomorrow.
He pointed out that the graduates of the seventh batch completed all the requirements and obtained a bachelor's degree in aviation science, which qualifies them to enter practical life with confidence and competence.
This batch of graduates included 33 fixed wing pilot, 28 helicopter pilots, 7 weapon systems officers and 29 who specialized in directing fighter aircrafts, 9 of them were from the State of Kuwait.
Staff Brigadier Pilot Hamad Al Ibrahim praised Al Zaeem Air College for developing its work mechanisms and continuing the policy of modernization and development, which included the utilization of H125 aircraft as a replacement for the gazelle aircraft, adding that 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 Mohammed Military College.
Commander of Al Zaeem Mohamed Bin Abdullah Al Attiyah expressed his pride in the graduation of the first Qatari woman as a 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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