United Arab Emirates: Union Defence Force (UDF)

FCO 8/2364 1974 Jan 01 - 1974 Dec 31

This file concerns the Union Defence Force (UDF) of the UAE. It contains memoranda and correspondence concerning:

  • The posting order for the secondment of Captain M J Pethybridge to Sharjah
  • A traffic incident in which a British officer seconded to the UDF driving a landrover hit and killed an Arab while driving on duty
  • The compensation paid to Commander Paul Payne following the early termination of his contract with the UDF
  • The duration of the contract of Lieutenant-Colonel R H Robinson as the Deputy Commander, Administration of the UDF
  • The terms of compensation for death or disablement for members of the Trucial Oman Scouts; and the claim for an increased disability pension by Saeed Saif
  • The drafting of an answer to the Parliamentary Question posed to the Defence Secretary Roy Mason concerning British policy on the secondment of members of the armed forces to the UDF; and the question of the jurisdiction under which British seconded personnel are subject
  • Lack of clarity over whether Robinson or Lieutenant-Colonel Ken Wilson commands the UDF
  • The Arabisation of the UDF; a perception that the presence of British officers in the UDF is blocking the advancement of talented Arab officers, who are leaving to join the ADDF; the question of providing an Arab commander for the UDF
  • The problem of drunkenness amongst British seconded personnel to the UDF, particularly of Acting Commander Colonel Wilson, and the possibility of Colonel Robinson replacing him
  • The termination of the command of Major T Jackson due to the mutiny of the squadron under his command; and the disciplinary procedures leading to the disbandment of the squadron
  • The President of the UAE Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan’s dislike of British officers serving in the defence forces of the UAE; and his advice to the Sultan of Oman Qaboos Bin Saeed to replace the British officers serving with the Sultan’s Armed Forces with Pakistani officers
  • The claims for payment by the Ministry of Defence for the service of loaned personnel to the UAE
  • The promotions of Lieutenant-Colonel Barclay and Major Temple within a revised rank structure for the UDF, and consideration of the future of British officers serving with the UDF