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Britain to deploy 13,500 soldiers to protect Olympics

(Xinhua)

08:50, December 16, 2011

LONDON, Dec. 15 (Xinhua) -- The British government announced on Thursday that it would deploy 12,000 soldiers to back up already extensive plans to protect the London Olympic Games and the Paralympics from terror attack.

"Next year's Olympic and Paralympic Games are once-in-a-generation events for the UK. We want them to be secure so that all those competing and attending can enjoy the Games for the celebration of sporting achievement and cultural celebration that they are," Defense Secretary Philip Hammond said in a statement.

The forces to be used include the high-profile deployment of the Royal Navy's largest ship, the helicopter carrier HMS Ocean, in the Thames right next to the Olympic Park in East London, and of another large naval vessel, HMS Bulwark, off the port of Weymouth where the Olympic sailing will take place.

Helicopters would fly from HMS Ocean to provide air cover for the Olympic Park, backed up by Typhoon jet aircraft, which have only recently returned from military engagement in Libya.

The military will provide 5,000 soldiers to back up the civil authorities, including bomb disposal teams. A further 7,500 troops will be used to support security at the Olympic venues, scattered across London.

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Hammad Sethi at 2011-12-1692.40.254.*
British thugs should never have been granted the Olympics.
  

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