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Frogmen on 2010 Expo alert

2009. 25 April

( Shanghai will use specially trained frogmen, helicopter security forces and ships to guard against possible sea-based attacks targeting the 2010 World Expo.

The special forces and other improved military equipment will be dispatched by the city's frontier police.

The agency announced the Expo defense plan on Thursday as it conducted training in Luchao Harbor on the coast of the East China Sea along with some 30 naval vessels from other parts of China.

Two top specialists have been selected for the frogmen detachment, which will be responsible for dangerous tasks including covert investigations and underwater assault and capture.

The divers are now being trained by naval police, officials said.

Six members of the helicopter detachment are receiving special training so they can descend on attacking ships, said Wei Jing, media coordinator for the Shanghai frontier police.

The underwater and air detachments are part of a bigger specialist defense force whose members are skilled in swimming, diving, shooting and moving quickly from one vessel to another.

The frontier police will also deploy four ships to watch the waters around Jinshan District, the Donghai Bridge, Pudong International Airport and the Yangtze Bridge-Tunnel during the World Expo, police officials said.

Security equipment has also been improved since early this year. Maritime police will use water guns and cannons that can shoot up to 100 meters. Weapons that fire large fishing nets will also be deployed to snarl propellers and stop attacking vessels.