FaceOf: Gen. Fahd bin Abdullah Al-Ghufaili, commander of the Royal Saudi Naval Forces

Gen. Fahd bin Abdullah Al-Ghufaili
Updated 14 September 2018
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FaceOf: Gen. Fahd bin Abdullah Al-Ghufaili, commander of the Royal Saudi Naval Forces

  • Al-Ghufaili launched the first MH-60R navel multi-role helicopter aircraft in New York on Thursday
  • Al-Ghufaili holds a bachelor’s degree in marine and military sciences

Gen. Fahd bin Abdullah Al-Ghufaili is the commander of the Royal Saudi Naval Forces. 

On Thursday in New York, Al-Ghufaili launched the first MH-60R navel multi-role helicopter aircraft, which operates on board the fleet’s ships and naval bases.

Al-Ghufaili said that the aircraft, equipped with the latest military technology, was characterized by the advanced combat capabilities of surface and sub-surface battle systems, enhancing the performance of the Royal Saudi Naval Forces to meet all challenges and threats in the region.

Al-Ghufaili holds a bachelor’s degree in marine and military sciences, as well as a master’s in national security strategy. He completed numerous courses including the foundational course for executive officers, intelligence officers and sessions on chief operations.

In 2007 he was promoted to the rank of lieutenant colonel in the Saudi Navy and then served as commander of the Eastern Fleet for several years.

He was the head of the anti-submarine division; he also served as head of operations, head of intelligence, commander of ships and fleets, as a military adviser and became commander of the Royal Saudi Naval Forces in November 2017.

Al-Ghufaili has participated in a number of important events in the Kingdom, including the launch in April 2017 of the second edition of the Maritime Festival, in recognition of the Kingdom’s appreciation of the role of its soldiers and navy heroes.


We have a story to share with the Saudi people, says new US official in Riyadh

Cultural and educational exchange programs between Saudi Arabia and the United States help build stronger ties. (AN photo)
Updated 19 September 2018
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We have a story to share with the Saudi people, says new US official in Riyadh

  • We have a story to tell and a story to share in Saudi Arabia with the Saudi people. We are pleased that so many Saudis want to study in the United States: US Public Affairs Counselor in KSA

RIYADH: Cultural and educational exchange programs between Saudi Arabia and the United States “help build stronger ties between the two countries and bring them closer together,” according to Brian Shott, the new US Public Affairs Counselor in Saudi Arabia.

Speaking at a reception to welcome him at the US embassy in Riyadh on September 18, he said: “One of the main things we do is we try to share aspects of the United States and of American culture, but we also learn from Saudis and Saudi culture.” 

In her opening speech, the embassy’s Deputy Chief of Mission Martina Strong also highlighted the enduring relationship between the two countries, saying: “Tonight is a celebration, a celebration of a friendship that has extended over many, many decades.”

Shott, who previously served in Morocco, Cairo and Baghdad, will be in Saudi Arabia for the next two years, during which he will promote educational and cultural exchanges.

“There are some real opportunities here and we have been fortunate enough to be able take advantage of partnerships with Saudi organizations and Saudi agencies, whether it is the General Authority for Culture or the Ministry of Education,” he said.

“We have a story to tell and a story to share in Saudi Arabia with the Saudi people. We are pleased that so many Saudis want to study in the United States.”

Meanwhile, the reception also served as a farewell to Robin Yeager, the cultural attache in Riyadh. She said that it had been a “very dynamic time to be in Saudi Arabia. It has been a pleasure and an honor to be here at a time when I get to know first-hand the future that Saudis are trying to build.”

The night that women were were given the right to drive, she said she went out and saw the “thrill on their faces.” To assist with empowerment and other progressive policies, embassy staff work on social issues and provide leadership training for women’s groups, she said.

“It is beautiful because they take something that an American expert talks to them about and they turn it into the Saudi way to approach it,” she added. “It’s not that we are changing things; it’s that we are giving them tools, so they can build what they want to build.”