The Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud patronized the 50th anniversary ceremony of the Foundation of King Faisal Air College here yesterday and the graduation of the 91st batch of its students as well as the launch of the new aircraft F.15 - SA, which joined the fleet of Royal Saudi Air Force, in the presence of President Omar Hassan Al-Bashir of Republic of Sudan.
Upon arrival at the venue accompanied by Prince Sultan bin Salman bin Abdulaziz, President of Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage and Prince Naif bin Salman bin Abdulaziz; the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques was received by Prince Faisal bin Bandar bin Abdulaziz, Governor of Riyadh region; Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz, Second Deputy Premier and Minister of Defense; Chief of General staff General Abdulrahman bin Saleh Al-Bunyan; Acting Commander of Royal Saudi Air Force, Air Vice Marshal Mohammed bin Saleh Al-Otaibi and Commander of King Faisal Air College, Air Vice Marshal Khalid Abdullah Al-La'aboun.
Then, the Royal Anthem was played.
Then, the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques inspected the ground field of aircraft and the parade.
After the King took his place at the podium, the ceremony commenced with a recitation of verses from the Holy Quran.
Then, the Commander of the King Faisal Air College, Air Vice Marshal Khalid Al-La'aboun delivered a speech welcoming the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques; President of the Republic of Sudan and the audience.
He said, "Today we celebrate the 50th anniversary of the foundation of this great edifice where the beginning of training was launched by late King Faisal bin Abdulaziz by raising the banner of the College in this field honored to be named after him."
After that, the speech of the graduates was delivered on behalf of them by Cadet Musaed Al-Ghufeili in which they expressed their happiness that the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques patronized their graduation ceremony from the great King Faisal Air College to continue the march of sacrifices in the ranks of brave soldiers defending the homeland.
Then, the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques and the audience watched a film to mark the 50th anniversary of King Faisal Air College Foundation.
Subsequently, the parade kicked off.
After that, the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques honored the Commander of Bahraini Air Force, Air Vice Marshall Sheikh Hamad bin Abdullah Al Khalifa and Commander of Qatari Emiri Forces Air Vice Marshall Mubarak bin Mohammed Al-Khayarin who had previously graduated from King Faisal Air College.
Subsequently, the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques awarded the outstanding cadets of the 91st batch their prizes.
The King was handed over a commemorative gift from the Commander of King Faisal Air College.
Then, the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques launched the new aircraft F.15 - SA recently joined the fleet of the Royal Saudi Air Force and watched a documentary film on the aircraft and its advanced technologies.
The Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques and the attendees watched the air show with participation of different aircraft from the Royal Saudi Air Force including aircraft for training, offensive Tornado, Typhoon, F-15 interceptors, and F-15 multi-roles. A group of aircraft F.15 SA performed various air shows in addition to air shows performed by Saudi Hawks Team who have been recently registered in Guinness Book of world records for their performance of the largest slogan of a country in the world by drawing the Kingdom's slogan (Two swords and a Palm).
Then the King was greeted by the project officer of F.15 - SA system Major General Mohammed bin Abdullah Al-Ghamdi and the first crew of the aircraft.
The Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques received a commemorative gift from the Acting Commander of the Royal Saudi Air Force and the President of the Republic of Sudan received another gift.
Then photos were taken for the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques with graduate cadets.
After that, the King left the headquarters of the ceremony.
The ceremony was attended by Prince Miteb bin Abdullah bin Abdulaziz, Minister of National Guard; Prince Saud bin Abdullah bin Thinayan, Chairman of Royal Commission for Jubail and Yanbu; Prince
Fahd bin Abdullah bin Musaed; Prince Sattam bin Saud bin Abdulaziz; Prince Dr. Turki bin Saud bin Mohammed, President of King Abdulaziz city for Science and Technology; Prince Khalid bin Saud bin
Khalid, Adviser at the Royal Court; Prince Khalid bin Fahd bin Nasser bin Abdulaziz; Prince Saud bin Fahd Al-Faisal; and a number of princes; ministers; and members of diplomatic corps and military
attaches of a number of sisterly and friendly countries.