Tactical Exercise of the Serbian Gendarmerie
Posted in column: Tactical Exercises Photo: Tanjug
To mark the saint patron’s day and 153 since establishing, on the 27th of June 2013 a complex tactical exercise of the Serbian Gendarmerie was organized at Sava`s Lake in Belgrade. The exercise was carried out with the assistance of the Helicopter Unit of the Ministry of Interior of the Republic of Serbia, and it was attended by state leaders and officials from region, as well as by vast number of citizens.
Before exercise execution experience paratroopers performed HAHO jumps, police Lieutenant Colonel Vojkan Ivanovic with over 1080 jumps, Major
Dejan Nikolic with over 800, Senior Sargent Branko Radisavljevic
with 750 jumps, Sergant Milan Cvijic with 850 and Milan Pejovic with 750 jumps. These jumps were successfully conducted from a BEL 212 helicopter at about 1500 meters.
The scenario of the tactical exercise “Ada2013” related to kidnaping and taking as hostage an unknown person by armed criminal group.
Having discovered committed crime, officers at Directorate of the Criminalistics Police (Serb. Uprava kriminalističke policije) and Intelligence Department of the Command of the Serbian Gendarmerie begin field work in order to gather intell and find out that the abducted person is the citizen of the Republic of Serbia and for his release the kidnappers request money ransom. The next day, by field work position of the kidnappers was located at area of Sava`s Lake. Also, it was discovered that criminal group consists of four members with firearms. Organized tactical operational headquarters within the negotiations decide to execute a controlled deliver of the requested money with kidnappers, take a hostage and arrest and try arresting all kidnappers.
On the 27th of June, operators of 2nd Detachment of the Gendarmerie, with the assistance of police officers of the Police Station Chukarica (Serb. Čukarica) and the River Police, conducted road blocking of wider area of the river Sava, along the coast of Ada Ciganlija. Delivery of money will conduct small group of operators in disguise, with a task to approach the object in which kidnappers held a hostage by using a rubber boat, establish contact with kidnappers and hand over the money. The negotiations collapsed when kidnappers took the money and opened fire at operators, killing one, heavily wounding other, and taking other as a hostage. A new attempt to contact the kidnappers was organized soon after this, when a group of fully equipped and armed police officers with the support of the combat-armed vehicle M 86 used as a cover, asked of kidnappers to hand over wounded operator for medical intervention.
A new attempt of the negotiators to establish contact with kidnappers also failed. Photo: Tanjug
On this occasion one of the kidnappers tried to destroy specialized vehicle of the Serbian Gendarmerie with hand rocket launcher M 80 “Zolja”, but was neutralized in time by sniper specialist who had previously taken a position on the top of building near the coast. Primary weapon of the specialist was long-range precision rifle Steyr Tactical Elite with bolt action system in .308 Winchester, with KAHLES optic sight. In the tower at the shore of the lake organized crisis headquarters now makes a decision to, with the approval of the Police Directorate (Serb. Direkcija policije) activate specialists teams of the Gendarmerie to release hostages, arrest or destroy all kidnappers and to return the money that was meant for ransom. Action was conducted by operators of the Belgrade Specialist Company of the Gendarmerie, as well as operators of the First Diving Center of the Gendarmerie, with the assistance of Helicopter Unit of the MoI.
The attack began by approaching of the assault groups using fast rubber patrol boats Zodiac 730, which are used in the First Diving Center of the Gendarmerie. In order to achieve advantage over kidnappers, the attack was conducted simultaneously from western and eastern side of the object, while fast unloading and grouping of the operators was carried out under the protection of smoke grenades thrown in front of the object.
Synchronization of actions of the assault groups was of great importance in order to achieve advantage while conducting the attack. Photo: Army Info
With the support of the specialist in air and after short exchange of fire, operators of the assault groups of the Gendarmerie successfully completed the raid, freeing hostages and arresting or destroying all kidnappers. After the entire object was taken under control, medical stuff arrived and provided first aid to the wounded, while the identity of hostages double-checked and confirmed.,
Commander of the Serbian Gendarmerie, Police General Bratislav Dikic, congratulated the operators for successful realization of the exercise and underlined that Serbian Gendarmerie, since its establishment until today responsibly and professionally carry out all tasks within its jurisdiction and therefore presents a strong and reliable element in the security of the Republic of Serbia
 For the needs of this exercise on water surface, in the immediate vicinity of the coast, a floating platform was constructed, which carried the object where, within the exercise
scenario, kidnappers and hostages were present.
 Engl. Modular Integrated Communications Helmet.
 By this possibility that suspects merge with hostages and thus avoid arrest is decreased.
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