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Kuwait National Guard

Kuwait National Guard
Kuwait National Guard
Active 1967 (1967)
Country Kuwait
Type Paramilitary Defense Force
Role Primary Tasks:
• Direct Action
• Special Reconnaissance
• Counter- Terrorism
• Foreign internal defense
Other Roles:
• Special Operations
• Border Guards
• Humanitarian Missions
• Information Operations
Size unknown
Part of Military of Kuwait
Garrison/HQ Kuwait
Nickname(s) His Highness Elite
Motto

الله والوطن والامير

God, Country & The Emir
Colors Green & Yellow
Anniversaries National and Liberation Day (25 and 26 February)
Engagements
Commanders
His Highness National Guard Commander Sheikh Salem Al-Ali Al-Sabah

The Kuwait National Guard or National Guard (Arabic: الحرس الوطني الكويتي ) is an independent main combat institution tasked mainly with the defense of the country and its territories.[1] The National Guard traces its heritage directly to the cavalrymen and infantrymen that defended today's Kuwait and its defensive wall.[2][3] Since its inception, the Kuwait National Guard at the disposition of its own commander; executed, participated, supported, and carried all conflicts in which the Military of Kuwait engaged since 1967.[1]

Contents

  • Creation and Patron 1
  • Leadership 2
    • National Guard Commander 2.1
    • Deputy National Guard Commanders 2.2
  • Brigades 3
    • Part of the National Guard Combat Brigades 3.1
  • Equipment 4
    • Part of Armored Fighting Vehicles 4.1
  • 2015 Intervention in Yemen 5
  • References 6
  • External links 7

Creation and Patron

The founding of the Kuwait National Guard was first conceived during the Six Day War and following the outcomes of Operation Vantage when Sheikh Jaber Al-Ahmad Al-Sabah[4] was the Crown Prince of Kuwait through the 2nd decree of 1967 on June 6 during the reign of Sheikh Sabah Al-Salim Al-Sabah.[1] A mission for this purpose was led by Sheikh Salem Ali Al-Salem Al-Sabah,[5] who was the driving force in forming the various tasks forces within the National Guard and who has remained at the head of the institution since its enacting in 1967.[6][7]

Leadership

National Guard Commander

# Name Title Tenure Start Tenure End Note
1 Salem Al-Ali Al-Sabah[6][7][8] His Highness Commander of Kuwait National Guard 1967 Present eldest living member and Chieftain dean of the House of Sabah

Deputy National Guard Commanders

# Name Rank Tenure Start Tenure End Note
1 Nawaf Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah[6][9][10] His Excellency Deputy National Guard Commander 1994 2003 His Highness the Crown Prince of Kuwait (2006–Present)
2 Meshal Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah[6][11] His Excellency Deputy National Guard Commander 2004 Present Acting minister by protocol[6][11]

Brigades

Part of the National Guard Combat Brigades

  • Kuwait National Guard Liberation Brigade
  • Kuwait National Guard Al-Soumoud (Resistant) Brigade

Equipment

Part of Armored Fighting Vehicles

Name Type Quantity Country of origin Notes
Pandur Armoured Personnel Carrier 70 Austria 6 versions. First entered service 1997
Desert Chameleon Armoured Personnel Carrier 29 United States 6x6 APC with 90mm cannon. First entered service 2011
Shorland S600 Armoured Personnel Carrier 22 United Kingdom 5 versions. Ordered in 1997
Véhicule Blindé Léger Armoured Personnel Carrier 20 France

2015 Intervention in Yemen

The Kuwait National Guard went on alert as a result of the 2015 military intervention in Yemen by a coalition of forces of Arab countries including Kuwait. The National Guard, Kuwait Police, the Military of Kuwait and Fire Service Directorate activated defense plans to strengthen internal security measures.[12] Defense measures also included intensifying security around oil installations in Kuwait and abroad.[12]

References

  1. ^ a b c [10] Kuwait National Guard Mission Statement and History; Retrieved March 3, 2015 (Arabic Read)
  2. ^ [11] Kuwait National Guard Archives, Early Defense Cavaly & Infantry led by Sheikh Abdullah Jaber Al-Abdullah II Al-Sabah; Retrieved March 3, 2015 (Arabic Read)
  3. ^ [12] Kuwait National Guard Archives, Early Defense Cavalry & Infantry led by His Highness Sheikh Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah; Retrieved March 4, 2015
  4. ^ [13] Kuwait National Guard Archives; His Highness Sheikh Jaber Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah; Retrieved March 4, 2015
  5. ^ [14] Kuwait National Guard Archives, Old and New, His Highness Sheikh Salem Ali Al-Salem Al-Sabah; Retrieved March 4, 2015
  6. ^ a b c d e "- KUWAIT NATIONAL GUARD - الحرس الوطني الكويتي -". Retrieved March 2014.  (Arabic Read)
  7. ^ a b [15] Profile & Accomplishments of Kuwait National Guard Commander; His Highness Sheikh Salem Ali Al-Salem Al-Sabah; Retrieved March 3, 2015 (Arabic Read)
  8. ^ [16] Kuwait National Guard Archives, Sheikh Salem Ali Al-Salem Al-Sabah and Sheikh Abdullah Jaber Al-Abdullah II Al-Sabah with King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia; Retrieved March 4, 2015
  9. ^ [17] Kuwait National Guard Archives, His Highness Sheikh Nawaf Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah with His Royal Highness Mutaib bin Abdullah in 2001; Retrieved March 7, 2015
  10. ^ [18] Kuwait National Guard Archives; His Highness Sheikh Nawaf Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah; Retrieved March 3, 2015 (Arabic Read)
  11. ^ a b "Profile & Accomplishments of Kuwait National Guard Deputy Commander and acting Minister by Government Protocol; His Excellency Sheikh Meshal Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah" (in Arabic). Kuwait National Guard. Retrieved March 3, 2015. 
  12. ^ a b Kuwait on alert due to Yemen conflict- Armed Forces called to duty- Oil facilities on alert retrieved 28 March 2015

External links

  • Kuwait National Guard official page
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