Bahrainis' reputation for being friendly even extends to the country’s smugglers, according to the Royal Bahrain Navy’s Captain Khalid Jamal.
He said he had rarely encountered hostile crews during search and seizure operations in Bahrain’s territorial waters.
Capt Jamal made his comments after performing a demonstration of a boarding exercise along with a nine-member team at the US Navy’s Visit, Board, Search and Seizure
“I have come across similar missions a couple of times in real life,” said Capt Jamal.
“We are trained to face the worst, but what we faced in Bahrain’s territorial waters was less intense – which involved mainly fishing dhows engaged in smuggling.
“I cannot disclose more details, but I can say that in most of the cases the mariners were harmless and friendly. Only in rare incidents were they hostile.”