The Navy’s Protection Force conducts canine exercises in Cartagena (Murcia)

ejercicioscaninosarmadaThe Tercio de Levante de la Infantería de Marina, (Marine Infantry’s Tercio of Levante) based in Cartagena (Murcia), is carrying out the ‘Canex 01/23′ exercise from this Monday until next Friday, 24 March, in which 22 dogs from the different specialities of the Navy are taking part.

The exercise is being carried out in different facilities of the Navy, the Air Force, the Port Authority of Cartagena, Adif, Renfe and Enagas in the Escombreras Valley, according to sources from the Ministry of Defence in a press release.

Canex 01/23’ will involve some of the best guides and dogs from the Navy’s Protection Force and the Special Naval Warfare Force, together with Pedro Salas, an expert instructor from the civilian world of recognised international prestige.

The ‘Canex’ series of exercises is held twice a year. The first, held during the first half of the year, is specifically for units of the Marine Infantry Force (FIM). The second, held during the second half of the year, involves units from the army, air and space forces, the Royal Guard and the security forces.

In 2023 it is planned that the two editions will be held in the Region of Murcia.

The exercise is aimed at unifying criteria and procedures of the different specialities of the Marine Corps dogs and their integration into the Operational Security Teams and the Naval Police Teams, belonging to the different Units of the Navy’s Protection Force (Tercio de Levante (Cartagena), Tercio del Sur (San Fernando), Tercio del Norte (Ferrol), Agrupación de Madrid (Madrid) and Unidad de Seguridad de Canarias (Las Palmas) and the Special Naval Warfare Force (Cartagena).

Throughout the week, these dog teams will carry out advanced and specific exercises in different scenarios using different insertion techniques using boats, vehicles and helicopters, testing the state of these teams’ capabilities in a wide variety of scenarios.

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