Military Capabilities

Russia forms new paramilitary Naval Military Police

24 August 2018

The Russian Navy will soon have a new arm of service, the Naval Military Police. The first unit will be established by the end of 2018 as part of the Baltic Fleet in Kaliningrad, the Western Military District announced on 16 August.

Lieutenant-General Vladimir Ivanovsky, head of the Main Military Police Department of the Ministry of Defence, noted that from 2018, "specialised exercises will be held annually in military districts and the Northern Fleet".

Further units will be created in the Northern, Pacific, and Black Sea fleets and in the Caspian Flotilla.

The new units’ roles will include the security of maritime zones around naval bases, suppression of crime among service personnel, and issues relating to counter-sabotage.

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