Kuwait National Guard

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Kuwait National Guard
الحرس الوطني الكويتي
File:Kuwaiti National Guard Emblem.svg
Kuwait National Guard
Active 1967; 51 years ago (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 Approx. 7,000 personnel
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 Kuwait's three mounted defensive walls.[2][3] Since inception, the Kuwait National Guard under the guidance of the respective leadership; executed, participated and supported in carrying all conflicts in which the Military of the State of Kuwait engaged since 1967.[1]

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 the Emir of Kuwait, 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 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 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]

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 6×6 APC with 90 mm cannon. First entered service 2011
Condor (APC) Armoured Personnel Carrier 8 West Germany Kuwait owns the advanced version (Condor II)
Shorland S600 Armoured Personnel Carrier 22 United Kingdom 5 versions. Ordered in 1997
Véhicule Blindé Léger Armoured Personnel Carrier 40 France
Humvee Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicle Unknown United States

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 [1] Kuwait National Guard Mission Statement and History; (Arabic Read)
  2. [2] Kuwait National Guard Archives, Early Defense Cavaly & Infantry led by Sheikh Abdullah Jaber Al-Abdullah II Al-Sabah; (Arabic Read)
  3. [3] Kuwait National Guard Archives, Early Defense Cavalry & Infantry led by His Highness Sheikh Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah
  4. [4] Kuwait National Guard Archives; His Highness Sheikh Jaber Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah
  5. [5] Kuwait National Guard Archives, Old and New, His Highness Sheikh Salem Ali Al-Salem Al-Sabah
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3 6.4 "- KUWAIT NATIONAL GUARD - الحرس الوطني الكويتي -". Retrieved March 2014. Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles> (Arabic Read)
  7. 7.0 7.1 [6] Profile & Accomplishments of Kuwait National Guard Commander; His Highness Sheikh Salem Ali Al-Salem Al-Sabah; (Arabic Read)
  8. [7] 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
  9. [8] 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. [9] Kuwait National Guard Archives; His Highness Sheikh Nawaf Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah (Arabic Read)
  11. 11.0 11.1 "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. <templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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