The Military of Bahrain (well known as: Bahrain Defence Force, or BDF in short) was under Bahrain's Ministry of Defence but now an independent entity and not part of the governmėnt and is simply Bahrain Defence Force under a field marshal who is the commander-in-chief.
It numbers about 13,000 personnel and consists of the Royal Bahraini Air Force, Royal Bahraini Army, Royal Bahraini Navy and the Bahrain Royal Medical Services. Apart from the BDF, the public security forces and the Coast Guard report to the Ministry of Interior.
In January 2008, the Crown Prince, Salman bin Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa was appointed as the Deputy Supreme Commander, while Khalifa bin Ahmed Al Khalifa was appointed as the Commander-in-Chief of the BDF.
... the duties of crown prince, Salman was vice-chairman of the Bahrain Centre for Studies and Research (BCSR) (1992–1995), undersecretary of defence at the Ministry of Defence ... in as Crown Prince of the Kingdom of Bahrain on 9 March 1999 and held the post of commander-in-chief of the Bahrain Defence Force from 22 March 1999. 2001 and provided a comprehensive blueprint for Bahrain’s future development based on transparency, cooperation and popular participation ...
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