The Navy’s Protection Force will carry out the “CANCERBERO 01-22” exercise; a specific physical security exercise aimed at improving the training of units in this area and checking the protection plans for ships and naval installations.
The exercise will take place between 17 and 19 May in various Navy units located in Cartagena, San Fernando, Rota, Porto Pi, Santa Cruz de Tenerife and Las Palmas. A total of two thousand five hundred troops will take part in the exercise in thirty of the Navy’s different units.
During the course of the exercise, the Protection Force, from its headquarters in Ferrol, will be inserting different incidents that will affect physical security, to which the units will have to respond, checking the reaction of both human and technical resources, as well as the procedures in force.
In addition, the contingency plans of the Protection Force units in the respective areas of responsibility will also be checked to support the Navy units when the security situation implies more demanding security needs.
The incidents that will materialise during the exercise include the most common physical security incidents that occur at Navy installations, as well as others that are more demanding from a management point of view and that respond to more complex security situations that include new threats such as remotely piloted aircraft.
The Navy Protection Force
The Navy Protection Force is one of the three components of the Marine Infantry Force and, specifically, its mission is to guarantee the security and protection of all Navy bases, installations, centres, organisations and individuals.
The tasks of this Force, when it comes to guaranteeing the security of the Navy, are very varied. On the one hand, the Protection Force is responsible for providing physical security for those installations that require specialised protection due to their level of criticality or for those events that require a special security device. On the other hand, they also provide escorts for the Navy authorities.
Within the framework of maritime security, the units of the Protection Force also actively participate on board Navy ships as part of operational security teams in permanent missions of the Armed Forces, in international operations or supporting the State Security Forces and Corps in operations against illicit trafficking by sea.
It also participates, within the framework of bilateral collaborations, in defence diplomacy tasks by carrying out training actions, mainly on the African continent, with naval police units in the field of physical security or with operational security teams in the field of maritime security.
The Navy’s Protection Force is made up of three Tercios located in Ferrol, Cartagena and San Fernando, an Agrupación in Madrid and a Security Unit in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria.
It is a unit that, with old antecedents, was designed to meet the needs that the 21st century imposes on us. It aims to incorporate the new emerging technologies in the field of security and protection, while at the same time being in a position to participate, if circumstances so require, in the specific tasks that every Marine has in the amphibious field.
The Navy Protection Force currently has four operational security teams deployed in different national and international missions. It will also deploy two training teams to the African continent in the near future.