MSU crowd control and hostage rescue demonstration
By Capt. Vance White
Luka - As an SFOR-level organisation, the MSU is called upon from
time to time to support divisional level activities in order to
let a Multinational Division (MND) return to a normal working
environment. The events to which the MSU may be called include
crowd control or operations where a SWAT team or paratrooper squads
member of the MSU was decked out in full Riot Control gear, which
included body and leg protection, helmet, shield, and baton.
MSU wall, two men deep and about 30 men across, shoulder to shoulder,
slowly advanced to a roadblock set up by the demonstrators. With
the use of the Iveco VM 90, the barrier was easily towed away
leaving nothing between the MSU personnel and the protesters.
As the wall of MSU personnel pushed steadily forward, the protesters
fell back, leaving the hostage location guarded by only a handful
4-person SWAT team, part of the MSU's Manoeuvre Unit, stormed
to the building from the 'Protected'-variant VM 90. The team quickly
moved in a well-choreographed strike to disable the guards and
snatched the hostage.
The MSU's troops, mostly coming from the Italian Carabinieri but also augmented by Slovenian soldiers, clearly demonstrated their capability to manage civil disorder and rescue hostages to all in attendance. It is evident the MSU crowd and riot control teams are effective units to have at any Commander's disposal, should the occasion arise.