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Floating fortress to protect Olympics

posted 5 May 2012, 04:14 by Mpelembe   [ updated 5 May 2012, 04:14 ]

Britian's military -- including a large warship -- are getting ready for what's called the biggest Olympics security operation in the history of the games. Julie Noce reports.

UK-OLYMPIC SECURITY - t's not something you see everyday... a massive warship sailing up the River Thames in London.

Its all in the name of Olympic security... the UK'S HMS Ocean - attack helicopter ship - will be stationed near Olympic Park and will oversea maritime manoeuvres, air security, and be home to the some 500 troops on standby 24/7.

In the weeks leading up to the start of the games on July 27th, the miltary will conduct a number of security exercises.

General Nick Parker said the military are doing their best to go unnoticed.


"This is all about an Olympic Games which is about games, sport and fun and we've got to be really careful that our behaviours don't in any way impact on this. So we need to do this exercise well in advance of the Olympics, so that we test all our systems and then we can fade into the back ground ready to react in the unlikely event of the situation occurring when we have to."

Officials say besides physical threats, measures are being put into place to combat cyber attacks as well, something Beijing reported an increase of during the 2008 games.

The UK has budgeted some one point five billion dollars for games security.

Julie Noce, Reuters