20 special forces units from 15 countries participate in Athos exercise
Nearly 400 professionals including 20 special units from 15 countries took part in Estonia’s Athos 2016 special forces exercise early on Wednesday.
BNS - The countries represented were Austria, Germany, France, the U.K., Finland, Sweden, Poland, Slovenia, Latvia, Lithuania, and the U.S.
Beyond the Estonian police’s special units, other local authorities that participated included the Internal Security Service, the mine clearance unit of the Rescue Board, Tallinn’s emergency medical care unit, the North Estonia Medical Center, the East-Tallinn Central Hospital, and the Estonian Defence Forces.
The exercise practiced detaining armed terrorists, and the cooperation of international units in a city environment during events taking place in several locations at once. The evacuation of victims was practiced as well, involving ambulances and hospitals, as well as on-the-spot action of medics assisting the injured.
The main part of the exercise took place in Tallinn and Harku.
The scenario of the exercise was drawn up by the Internal Security Service, the tactical side was prepared by the Police and Border Guard Board. The Ministry of the Interior, the defense forces, the Health Board, and the Austrian police as a partner also contributed. The exercise was run by Estonia’s K-Komando special unit and financed by the European Union.
Editor: Dario Cavegn
Souces: BNS (text), ERR (images)