On the night of May 26, one of the scenarios of the MARSEC macro-exercise on maritime security was launched, which in NATO terminology focused on a maritime traffic control or naval cooperation and command exercise (NCAGS). The Navy adoption was very ambitious as teams of Marines (IM) carried out two collisions almost simultaneously.
So the ship Sider Cartagena ?? He was approached at dawn by a Security Operational Team (EOS) of the Tercio de Levante (TERLEV) because he was suspected of transporting prohibited substances. The boarding team had explosives and drug detection dogs, as well as security and attack dogs. In addition to the crew of the ship, Tercio personnel were available as extras for the exercise in order to make the exercise more realistic. It should be borne in mind that TERLEV is also the unit of the protection force (FUPRO) of the leader in the development of canine operations (with dogs).
At the end of the embarkation, the control and the first inspection and guaranteed the safety of the pilot of the port of Cartagena, who embarked according to the protocol on the ship, the “Sider Cartagena”, he went to the port, where in addition to carrying out his cargo work the search sequence was completed in all interior rooms.
At the same time, after the same coordination work with shipowners and charterers, the ship MG Neptune was attacked by an attack force of the Special Naval Warfare Force (FGNE) consisting of a Maritime Unit on the night of May 26th. attacked Special Operations or Special Operations Maritime Task Unit (SOMTU). The FGNE is the Navy’s Special Operations Unit, and while part of the IM, it also has Navy personnel in its ranks. On the approach to ?? MG Neptune ?? the FGNE participated with several of its stoles (designation of its basic operational units); and a Special Boat Unit or Special Operations Boat Unit (SOBTU) that brought operators to the aforementioned ship.
The aim was to carry out a sea ban and hostage rescue in a maritime environment in order to free the pilot and crew personnel who were forcibly detained on board. The troops, which operated from the aforementioned SOBTU attack ships, boarded the ship, took control and released the pilot and the rest of the crew. As extras, as in the previous year, Navy personnel were available, some of whom acted as terrorists, enabling the double action that exponentially increases the reality of the training. The exercise was carried out in complete safety in practically every room on the ship; simulated ammunition was used for the confrontations.
After regaining control of the ship, the exercise was ended, the intervention units withdrew and continued the ship into port, where the extras disembarked.
These collaborations were developed in consultation with the National College of Pilots, they made it possible to explore the possibilities of the presence of the pilot on board and to take the security measures that may be necessary to ensure the safety of the port and the possible use of the Ship used to carry out criminal activities. They also appreciated the risk situation that the pilot could be compromised.
The general aim of the MARSEC exercises, which are organized and directed by the Spanish Navy, is to test the ability of the Maritime Action Force (FAM) to coordinate and cooperate with other organizations in order to cope with Maritime Security Operations (MSO). It also aims to improve coordination with other units of the Navy and governmental and non-governmental organizations in planning, conducting and conducting operations to protect the marine areas of interest, which cover a wide range of situations. (Julio Maiz Sanz).
Photo: The MP5 submachine gun is still an effective weapon in confined spaces such as the corridors and bulkheads of a ship. (Navy photo)
FGNE personnel performing a simulated evacuation of a wounded person during the attack? to the ?? MG Neptune ??. (Navy photo)
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