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NJ State Police Conduct Naval Boarding Exercise at Battleship New Jersey

CAMDEN, N.J. (CBS) – Members of an elite New Jersey State Police unit were practicing their maritime vessel boarding skills this morning at the Battleship New Jersey.

“Well, today’s exercise is part of an ongoing training for boat operations — boarding and tactical maneuvering on large ships,” said police lieutenant Stephen Jones.

Jones says the unit — dubbed “TEAMS” (Technical Emergencies And Mission Specialists) — is the New Jersey state police version of SWAT.

Interestingly, the technique they were practicing today — using a two-inch “fast rope” to quickly lower themselves onto the ship from a hovering helicopter — is similar to what the Navy Seals used on Sunday to insert themselves into the compound housing Osama bin Laden.

Some private contractors, but no Navy Seals, also took part in the exercise, according to Jones.

Reported by Michelle Durham, KYW Newsradio 1060

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  • Adam Shirey

    I guess everyone thinks they are a navy seal now.

  • Mountbatten

    Stupidest backronym ever.

    Are the NJ State Police aware of the US Coast Guard? This ship boarding thing is their bailiwick. BIG waste of taxpayer money. Where is Gov. Christie’s budget hatchet?

    • TG

      The Coast Guard has certain juridiction (it is a Federall controlled part of the armed services and can be transferred to the Navy by the Presiident or by Congress durign war) and the State Police have theirs (statewide under the command of the Governor). Do want the State Police to be without this capability if needed? Say when the Coast Guard is busy with other matters?

  • Fed up with NJ

    I’m guessing this is important for the NJ State police to respond to ….????

    I’m also guessing NJ Taxpayer money is funding this exercise?

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