Tuesday, March 3, 2015

ITALIAN COAST GUARD TO INCREASE ARMED PRESENCE

Italian Coast Guard Prepares To Arm Itself  To  Defend Against ISIS Threat

 Image Italian Transport Ministry
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 The Italian Coast Guard, a highly efficient multi mission maritime uniformed service is beefing up its armed presence . The Italian Coast Guard like the U.S. Coast Guard is both a maritime law/regulatory enforcement agency and a search and rescue organization with elements of a naval auxiliary force mixed in. The defensive naval auxiliary function is coming to the fore due to increased risks from Jihadists "just across the pond". This is an enemy highly likely to arrive by water. The arrival of ISIS forces and Muslim Brotherhood forces in Libya and their well publicized intention to attack Mediterranean shipping and to eventually sack Rome has prompted the Coast Guard's Central Command to request from the transport ministry a new status. If granted , and that seems highly likely the Italian Coast Guard will have the same authority to arm its personnel as Italian armed police forces as in 24/7 every uniformed member of the force if need be.  This could put as many as 11,000 more trained uniformed, armed personnel into the ports and coastal waters. Many if not most Italian Coast Guard vessels are capable of mounting crew served belt fed weapons such as 30 to 50 caliber machine guns sufficient to mop up incoming terrorists who arrive by typical larger recreational or small commercial vessels.
 The Jahadist also have announced their intention to push 500,000 illegal immigrants at Southern Europe. Migrant interdiction in the future, a Coast Guard mission is likely to become more confrontational. We look for virtually all patrol boat crews eventually to be armed. While the Italian Coast Guard hasn't been routinely operating in armed mode e are familiar with the organization. This is a disciplined, professional service and we believe they will acquit themselves very well in a mobilized armed mode. If we were Italian citizens we'd urge the Transport Ministry to approve the arming of the Coast Guard now. Across the "pond" tens of thousands of Jahadist are arming up and burning with desire to sack Rome. 11,000 disciplined, skilled armed boat crewmen can help. 
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