The Special Operations Command (MOE) of the Spanish Army (ET) has traveled from its headquarters in Alicante to the El Grado reservoir (Huesca), which feeds the Cinca River. This is where the main annual exercise for water specialists takes place between March 6th and 12th, an activity aimed at improving and improving their skills in an environment that requires a range of specific and demanding technical knowledge.
The participation of the MOE was not limited to the operation teams of the water specialists, as these were accompanied by funds and personnel of the Ship Unit (UEMB) of the Combat Support Unit of the MOE Headquarters Group under the direction of the Chief Commander of the exercise of the Valencia III Special Operations Group (GOE). A number of amphibious pioneers of the Amphibious Operations Company (COA) of the Regiment of Pontoneros and Engineers Specialties (RPEI) n12 have worked with them and side by side. This unit acts as the FAOE (Special Operations Support Force) and carries out specific tasks that are of great importance for the achievement of the objectives. Finally, the Enemy Unit (UEM) of the National Training Center (CENAD) of San Gregorio disguised the targets as opposition forces (OPFOR).
During the days when these seventy soldiers worked together, a series of briefing and training activities were organized that we can define as high-level and that are coordinated by the director of the exercise. The planning cycles were carried out for each assigned mission and mark the preparation of the MOE missions. Based on the fact that the MOE water specialists already have a high level of knowledge related to their specific skills, a’s performance has been planned with an emphasis on training to achieve level 3, which is the maximum of their Specialty represents series of tests. Activities carried out in four consecutive operations in the El Grado region.
In the first, a Special Reconnaissance Patrol (PRE) was deployed with the UEMB to carry out a series of observation and surveillance tasks that resulted in evidence and intelligence tests that generated a second operation and completed a siege operation an ammunition depot in an aquatic and nocturnal setting.
The development of these missions was carried out with a high degree of realism regarding the environment created by the work of the UEM staff. This has influenced the MOE staff and worked closely with the UEMB and the COA. I had to work harder on the limit and in an environment very similar to the real one. In addition, a third operation would lead to a direct action (AD) against the ships of the terrorist cells operating in the swamp and use the night to exchange information and material. The mission is to use explosive charges from divers from OEs, who move underwater with explosive charges, to place them directly on the target and thus to destroy the boats docked in a simulated dock. A hostile ban was also organized in the marshland.
The information obtained in the previous three is used to plan the final mission, which aims to locate and capture the terrorist leader who is leading a group that has carried out destabilization operations in the area of interest. For these tasks, MOE employees have used high-tech night vision systems and special means such as boats – from the small kayak to the powerful outboard boats they have in the UEMB – or modern oxygen diving equipment Dragger LAR VI, frog and codec. Finally, a complete evacuation sequence for sanitation (MEDEVAC, Medical Evacuation) was programmed with the support of a Cougar apparatus AS-532 of the Maneuver Helicopter Battalion (BHELMA) II. (Octavio Dec Cmara)
Photo: The operational teams of the water specialists of the MOE have promoted more intensive and higher-level training. (MOE)
The most important annual exercise for specialists in coastal and inland waters of the Special Operations Command took place in El Grado reservoir in Huesca. (MOE)
Practices conducted included closed-loop movement of divers wearing oxygen equipment and practices involving the use of explosives. (MOE)
The boating unit has provided various types of ships to carry out these practices in water. (MOE)
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