UK: HMS Bulwark Welcomes Rio 2016 Olympic Security Team
HMS Bulwark welcomed a delegation of safety and security officials from the Rio 2016 Olympic planning committee to the Royal Navy’s Flagship currently conducting operational duties in support of the security operations in Weymouth Bay.
Captain Alex Burton Royal Navy, Commanding Officer, welcomed the Brazilian delegation to HMS Bulwark which is the Command and Control Centre of the afloat Bronze Headquarters.
The guests met with operational controllers from all of the supporting agencies involved, including police officers, civilian support staff, MCA (Coastguard) and LOCOG officials.
They also gained privileged access to witness how this bespoke multi-agency/civil-military team is working together to deliver a first class level of service to control and secure access to over 50 square miles of sea around the Olympic Sailing venue.
Luiz Carlos de Carvalho Cruz, Director of Operations for Rio 2016, said:
“We are very grateful for this opportunity to share first hand the experiences of those who are managing the safety and security of the Olympic area as this is what we will be doing ourselves in Rio in four years’ time.
“The sharing of information and personal contacts we have made during this visit has been invaluable to us.”
Miranjela Maria Batista Leite, Director of Security for the Public Olympic Authority, said:
“We are delighted with the hospitality we have received from the Royal Navy.
“It has been excellent to see all the planning and cooperation with the Dorset Police to ensure that the people have been able to enjoy the Olympic games safely.”
Olinto Marcelo Macedo da Silva, Coordinator of Operational Planning, said:
“This visit has been fantastic because in 2016 we will be doing exactly the same things.
“We have never hosted this level of event before therefore this is our first opportunity to see it happening for real.”
Naval Today Staff, August 14, 2012; Image: Royal Navy