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Hillsborough Sheriff's Office conducting joint nautical exercises in Port of Tampa

The Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office are conducting two days of maritime joint exercises aimed at training different units to work together in response to a potential port threat.

The exercises began Tuesday and will involve various units including marine, aviation, bomb teams, K-9 units and SWAT, who will be working to master new equipment for the Sheriff's Office.

"These drills are reflective of the unified effort that would absolutely come about should there be an actual threat at Port Tampa Bay," Sheriff Chad Chronister said in a news release. "No one team works alone in the real world and that is why it is imperative that they work together in training."

The drills would include situations where deputies would have to practice boarding a ship by air or sea in order to rescue hostages and take control of the ship.

The exercises will continue on Wednesday.

Contact Devin Rodriguez at drodriguez@tampabay.com or follow @devlinspooks on Twitter

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