MUSCAT: His Majesty Sultan Qaboos, the Supreme Commander, on Saturday presided over the military parade, which was staged at the military parade ground at the headquarter of the Police Special Force (PSF) in Al Seeb by Royal Oman Police (ROP).
Upon the arrival of His Majesty the Sultan at the gate of the parade ground accompanied by a group of motorbikes, the guard of honour paid the military salute to His Majesty.
The Royal motorcade then headed to the parade ground accompanied by a number of ROP horse riders.
HM the Sultan was received by General Sultan bin Mohammed al Numani, Minister of the Royal Office, Sayyid Badr bin Saud bin Harib al Busaidy, Minister Responsible for Defence Affairs, and Lt Gen Hassan bin Mohsin bin Salim al Shraiqi, Inspector-General of Police and Customs.
Upon His Majesty’s ascension to the Royal Dais, the parade columns gave the military salute, the Royal Anthem was played by the joint military parade band and the artillery fired a twenty-one-gun salute to His Majesty the Sultan.
The joint military bands staged a music performance while passing before the main dais until they stood at their places behind the columns of the protocols guard.
Afterwards, the columns of the Protocols Guard staged a military performance in regular columns to the rhythms of musical pieces.
Afterwards, the columns of the Protocols Guard chanted ROP song ‘Homat Al Haq’ then the call of loyalty and allegiance and then proclaimed thrice long live His Majesty Sultan Qaboos, the Supreme Commander.
Then, the Royal Anthem was played and the columns of the Protocols Guard gave the military Salute to His Majesty the Sultan signaling the conclusion of the military parade.
At the conclusion of the parade ceremony His Majesty Sultan Qaboos, the Supreme Commander received a commemorative gift from Royal Oman Police.
His Majesty the Sultan was accompanied during the parade by their highnesses, the chairmen of the State Council and Majlis Ash’shura, ministers, advisers,
Dr Abdulatif bin Rashid al Zayani, Secretary-General of the GCC, commanders of SAF, ROP and the military and security apparatuses.
The parade was also attended by members of the State Council and members of Majlis Ash’shura, the under-secretaries, the governors, judges, diplomats, military attaches, walis, officials, officers and personnel of the armed forces. — ONA
(Photos by Muhammed Mustafa)