- Cyprus Port and Marine Police
Cyprus Port and Marine Police
Λιμενική και Ναυτική Αστυνομία
Cyprus Port & Marine Police Emblem
Active 1960 Branch Border Marine Size about 330 personnel (2005) Part of Cyprus Police
The Cyprus Port & Marine Police (Greek Λιμενική και Ναυτική Αστυνομία) are the civilian Coast Guard wing of the Cyprus Police, and are tasked with the primary mission of law enforcement of the waters around, and control of the sea borders of the Republic of Cyprus. Main roles are reported to include law enforcement of illicit activities such as smuggling, terrorism, piracy and illegal fishing. The Cyprus Port and Marine Police also serve a role as a search and rescue (SAR) force. This force is equipped with patrol boats and radars.
Cyprus Marine Police boats are notable by the "PV-" (Patrol Vessel) and "PL-" (Patrol Launch) prefixes on their pennant numbers, painted on the side of the hull.
A Brief History 
In 1956 a special committee, set up by the then British Colonial Government for the re-organisation of Cyprus Police, included in its report a proposal for the establishment of a Port and Marine Police in Cyprus. The new Service was set up the following year equipped with seven boats. It operated as an independent Police Division with its headquarters at Famagusta and 2 permanent stations in Limassol and Larnaca. It also had a sub-station in Kyrenia which operated during the summer. In 1960, with the establishment of the independent Republic of Cyprus, the Port and Marine Police became a branch of the Police and the Gendarmerie.
The Turkish invasion of 1974 was a great blow for the Port and Marine Police as its installations at Famagusta Port were destroyed and five out of its seven boats were seized by the Turkish Army. After this great loss it continued to operate but only with two boats at its stations in Larnaca and Limassol. Its headquarters were transferred from Famagusta to the old port of Limassol.
Developments Since 1974
In 1981-83, two Plascoa launches were acquired from France, equipped with 1 20mm Oerlikon L70 cannon, one 12.7mm and two 7.62mm machine guns. One of them was deleted from the service in 1991, another in 2000-2004.
In 1986, six local build Astrapi V (Fletcher Malibu) small Speed Boats. Later (circa 2004-2006) replaced by NOVAMARINE R.I.B. boats.
In 2004, Cyprus took delivery of two Corrubia (P-190) class patrol vessels from Cantierre Navale Vittoria. These were initially equipped with 1 12.7 mm and 2 7.62mm machine guns (on the forecastle, later also replaced with 12.7 mm machine guns).
In 2010, according to latest Cypriot press, Port and Marine Police fleet planning to receive 2 more patrol boats (Length - approx. 15-16 meter, Width - 4–5 meters, Speed - not less than 43 knots).
Headquartered in Limassol the Port and Marine Police is administered by its Commander and Assistant Commanders.
The Commander has both administrative and operational responsibility and is accountable to the Chief of Police through the Assistant Chief of Support.
The Port and Marine Police includes the following offices: Message Control Centre, Registry, Stores, Accounts Office, Security Office and Operations Office.
The Port and Marine Police is made up of the following stations:
- Latsi Port and Marine Station
- Paphos Port and Marine Station
- Limassol New Port Station
- Limassol Marine Station
- Ayios Raphael Marina Port Station
- Larnaca Port and Marine Station
- Larnaca Marina Port Station
- Ayia Napa Marine Station
- Paralimni Marine Station
Cyprus Port and Marine Police Fleet since 1980
The Port and Marine Police Fleet at present is made up of 16 boats which can be divided into three categories according to their size, construction, capability and mission. The three categories are:
- Category A, includes five fast sea patrol boats (F.P.B – JET) which can operate within a large radius – contiguous zone and open sea.
- Category B, includes five patrol boats (SAB – 12) which can operate within a medium range radius – within territorial waters.
- Category C, includes six small inflatable speed boats (R.I.B./SP7) – mostly used close to shore.
- ^ Cyprus Police Official Website
- ^ Jane's Fighting Ships 2004-2005; ISBN 978-0-7106-2623-3; p.168
- ^ a b c d The Naval Institute Guide to Combat Fleets of the World: Their Ships, Aircraft, and Systems By Eric Wertheim Published by Naval Institute Press, 2007 ISBN 978-1-59114-955-2, 9781591149552
- ^ Politis Online (in Greek)
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