The Russian Military Police have conducted an anti-sabotage exercise at the Tartus naval base on the Syrian coast, Zvezda TV reported on February 6.
During the exercise, a police unit on a Raptor high-speed patrol boat intercepted saboteurs who attempted to infiltrate the waters of the naval base aboard a small inflatable boat. The saboteurs were swiftly apprehended.
“The fighters, in principle, are all ready, training is being conducted with the aim of improving the skills of detention, inspection of the vessel, as well as the arrest of saboteurs,” said the representative of the Russian military police unit Sergei Sazonov.
Tartus port is the main base of the Russian Navy on the Mediterranean Sea. A multi-hundred-million-dollar project to develop the port and the base is undergoing.
According to Zvezda, the Russian Military Police also guard Hmeimim Air Base, which is known to be the headquarter of Russian forces in Syria. Military police personnel are trained to quickly react to any attack on the air base.
On alarm, special, reinforced barriers are lowered, the gates are closed and the soldiers quickly take positions. If someone manages to infiltrate the first line of defense, the police’s armored personnel carrier will block his way. A reinforcement group will be also dispatched to scene.
“The military police escort the convoys, guard the entrances’ checkpoints and can also reinforce the contingent in the event of an attack,” said Vitaly Alisevich, commandant of Hmeimim Air Base.
Over the last few years, Russian bases in Hmeimim and Tartus have faced multiple threats. The two bases were attacked with rockets and drones on several occasions. The vast majority of attacks were successfully repelled.
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