"The Military Exercise Bolivarian Shield 2020 has been successfully completed, and the alert is maintained against any aggression against our People and our homeland. Congratulations to the FANB for the great display of loyalty, cohesion, and patriotism in defense of the sacred interests of the country," Ceballos said.
Likewise, he reiterated that all the branches of the military in the South American nation complied with the orders given by the Commander in Chief and Constitutional President Nicolas Maduro, "the Armed Forces showed its capacity to defend the sovereignty of the country."
The fifth branch of the Armed Forces, the Bolivarian Militia, was present at the event and participated in securing the tunnel La Cabrera, in the state of Carabobo, as a strategic point in case of a possible internal or external aggression that would affect the country's sovereignty and independence.
"We are taking the first steps towards the technological and industrial independence of the FANB, we are going to continue moving forward, improving the fleet and strategic capabilities of the defense," Commander Ceballos explained.
The exercise was inaugurated by Maduro last Saturday throughout the country to strengthen the National Defense against armed aggressions.
During the Bolivarian Shield exercise, all FANB forces and weapon systems were deployed. High-level military maneuvers were carried out in cities such as Caracas, Maracay, Valencia, Barquisimeto, and Maracaibo.
During the inauguration, Maduro highlighted that the military exercise will not only serve as preparation in case of possible attacks by the U.S. or Colombia but also to respond to the mafias smuggling fuel into neighboring countries.