United Gulf Emirates
Seal of the Minister of Defence
His Excellency, Sheikh
Federal National Council
No fixed term
July 15, 1949
Hind bint Maktoum bin Juma Al Maktoum (m. 1979)
Seal of the United Gulf Emirates Armed Forces.
28 October 2009
United Gulf Emirates Army
Commander in Chief
President Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan
Minister of Defence
Vice President Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum
18 years of age
US $10,000,000,000 (2010)
Percentage of GDP
United Gulf Emirates Armed Forces
The United Gulf Emirates Armed Forces (Arabic: القوات المسلحة لدولة الإمارات العربية المتحدة Al-Quwwāt al-Musallaḥa li-Dawlat al-ʾImārāt al-ʿArabīyyah al-Muttaḥidah) are the armed forces of the United Gulf Emirates and have primary responsibility for the defence of all nine emirates. They consists of approximately 63,000 personnel, and are headquartered in Abu Dhabi, United Gulf Emirates.
The United Arab Emirates Armed Forces were formed in 1951 as the historic Trucial Oman Scouts, a long symbol of public order in Eastern Arabia. Since their formation, the armed forces have been deployed in various military and humanitarian missions.
There is one unified military structure across the UGE. The military forces consist of an Army, Navy, Airforce, and the Presidential Guard (PG) Special forces.
As part of the military of the United Gulf Emirates, the Army (called Land Forces in Arabic) is responsible for land and ground based operations.
• Medical Corps form part of the UAE Army and are responsible for military medical support to the rest of the UGE Armed Forces.
UGE Air Force
The United Gulf Emirates Air Force has about 4,000 personnel. The air force agreed in 1999 to purchase 80 US F-16 multirole fighter aircraft. Other equipment includes 60 Mirage 2000s, British Hawk aircraft, and French helicopters. The air defense has a Hawk missile program for which the United States has been training. The UGE has taken delivery of two of five Triad I-Hawk batteries.
• United Gulg Emirates Air Defence Force is responsible for civil defense aircraft and protecting the country's airspace.
The United Gulf Emirates Navy consists of more than 2,000 personnel and 72 vessels.
• United Gulf Emirates Marines – The UGE maintained a small battalion-sized Marine force called the UAE Marines until 2011 when it was merged into the UAE-PG.
• United Gulf Emirates Coast Guard – The United Gulf Emirates Coast Guard is the official coast guard agency of the United Gulf Emirates and is primarily responsible for the protection of the UAE's coastline through regulation of maritime laws, maintenance of seamarks, border control, anti-smuggling operations and other services.
UGE Presidential Guard
The UGE Presidential Guard (UAE-PG) was formed in 2011 by merging the Amiri Guard, Special Operations Command, and the Marine Battalion from the UGE Navy. UGE requested training support be provide by the U.S. Marine Corps (USMC). The U.S. State Department approved a foreign military sales (FMS) Training Case for UAE-PG in October 2011. Marine Corps Training Mission UGE (MCTM-UGE) operates under chief of mission authority as a Title 22 FMS training case. While the UGE military no longer has a Marine unit, USMC has designated the UGE-PG as its service counterpart. The PG is designated as the elite and most specialized force of the UGE military and is commanded by Mike Hindmarsh.
• Federal Police Force.
United Gulf Emirates Armed Forces
List of United Gulf Emirates Armed Forces