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G7 Summit Cornwall: How The Military Is Supporting Local Police

Hundreds of personnel from all three services are supporting Devon and Cornwall Police during the G7 leaders' meeting.

The Armed Forces are supporting local police as world leaders arrive in Cornwall for the three-day G7 Leaders' Summit in Carbis Bay.

Defence is providing a range of capabilities including naval vessels, aircraft, planning staff, logistics support, facilities and Explosive Ordnance Disposal teams.

At the request of Devon and Cornwall Police, the Armed Forces are providing explosives search dogs and handlers who will be under police command.

UK defence is also providing facilities to support the delivery of the summit, including RNAS Culdrose and RAF St Mawgan, while also providing air defence capabilities and a Type 23 frigate, HMS Northumberland, two Offshore Patrol Vessels including HMS Tamar and six Archer class P2000 patrol vessels. 

The Royal Navy's newest aircraft carrier HMS Prince of Wales is also off the St Ives coast, as well as a number of small rigid inflatable boats.

Commodore Rob Pedre, Commander of the Littoral Strike Group, is co-ordinating the military's contribution and said: "We are proud to be involved in this monumental event, and to help enable a global forum where leading democracies will tackle the biggest issues facing the world today."

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The amount of security being provided at the summit, including more than 5,000 police officers plus military personnel, and a 400-strong US Secret Service team (Picture: RAF).

Hundreds of Armed Forces personnel are supporting the police in a variety of roles, including as drivers and wider logistical support.

Personnel drafted in to help are freeing up police resources for other frontline roles.

In total, there are more than 5,000 police officers plus military personnel from all three services deployed.

Inspector Alex Stypulkowski of the Ministry of Defence (MOD) Police Marine Unit told Forces News he is "privileged and proud" to be supporting the logistics and un-armed operation of the police response, ensuring officers are ready, equipped and trained for their duties.

"The MOD Police logistics team have been heavily involved in the planning of the maritime operation, involving not just our own assets but those belonging to our Home Office force colleagues," he said.

"We've also got officers involved in the logistics, making stuff happen on the ground, with the vessels, vehicles and equipment being moved where they need to be, and another planning team involved in making that happen."

Watch: Inspector Alex Stypulkowski of the Ministry of Defence Police Marine Unit speaks to Forces News.

Some military personnel involved with the event will also perform ceremonial duties to mark the summit including a Guard of Honour for delegates.

The Guard of Honour will feature 40 representatives from across all branches of the services, including Royal Marines, the British Army's Coldstream Guards and the RAF's Queen's Colour Squadron.

Devon and Cornwall Police's Superintendent Jo Hall said: "Throughout our planning of the security operation for the G7 Leaders' Summit, colleagues from the military, who are well versed in logistical planning, have been embedded within our team to provide essential knowledge and assistance.

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HMS Tamar (front) and HMS Prince of Wales (back) off the coast of St Ives ahead of the summit (Picture: PA/Alamy).

"We're glad to be joined by mutual aid officers and staff from all UK police forces and the armed services, who will be supporting the delivery of a safe and secure event." 

Mutual Aid arrangements have allowed officers from across all police forces in England, Wales and Police Scotland to be drafted in to assist Devon and Cornwall officers.

The G7 – Group of Seven – is an organisation made up of the world's seven largest advanced economies. They are Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the UK and the United States.

The summit begins on Friday and finishes on Sunday.

The Queen, the Prince of Wales, the Duchess of Cornwall and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are attending the G7 leaders' reception at the Eden Project on Friday evening.

Cover image: Member of the Armed Forces in Cornwall as the country prepares to host G7 world leaders (Picture: MOD).