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.


Abdul-Mahdi: Relations between Iraq and GCC ‘must progress’

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Abdul-Mahdi: Relations between Iraq and GCC ‘must progress’

  • Abdul-Mahdi and Al-Zayani discussed the development of relations between Iraq and GCC countries and issues of mutual interest
  • Abdul-Mahdi also attended the Saudi-Iraqi Business Forum, which included representatives from large Saudi companies

RIYADH: Relations between Iraq and the Gulf Cooperation Council are important and “must progress, ” Prime Minister Adel Abdul-Mahdi said on Thursday.
On the second day of his visit to Saudi Arabia, Abdul-Mahdi met with the secretary general of the GCC, Abdullatif bin Rashid Al-Zayani in Riyadh.
Abdul-Mahdi and Al-Zayani discussed the development of relations between Iraq and GCC countries and issues of mutual interest.
“Cooperation and economic relations must progress for the better,” Abdul-Mahdi said.

Saudi Arabia and Iraq have agreed to cooperate in security and intelligence matters, Iraqi Foreign Minister Mohammed Ali Al-Hakim told Al Arabiya television. 
Meanwhile, Abdul-Mahdi also attended the Saudi-Iraqi Business Forum, which included representatives from large Saudi companies.
He also inaugurated an exhibition on Wednesday called “Cities Destroyed by Terrorism” that is showing at the National Museum in Riyadh. The exhibition was organised by the Minister of Culture and the Arab World Institute in Paris.
The Iraqi prime minister arrived in Riyadh on Wednesday for a two-day visit to the Kingdom. He held talks with King Salman on relations between the two countries, and later met with Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.


His visit to the Kingdom “symbolizes the Iraqi government's vision in aiming to bolster ties with the Kingdom in all fields,” the Iraqi prime minister said on Facebook.
The two countries signed 13 agreements and memorandums of understanding between their various ministries. The deals covered many areas including energy, education, culture and political consultation.