The Secret Service storms the beaches of Cornwall: Airbase is turned into a huge RV camp and Osprey helicopters soar over Carbis Bay in massive G7 security operation that promises chaos for locals and staycationers
- More than 50 luxury vehicles have been delivered to a RAF air base 20 miles from the G7 summit
- A 400-strong contingent of Secret Service agents and support staff are due to arrive in Cornwall
- More than 5,000 police from all over the UK are providing security but all hotels already booked up
- A thousand police officers will be staying on a cruise liner docked in Falmouth harbour for the event
US President Joe Biden is bringing so many security staff to the G7 summit they will have to stay in hired camper vans because there is not enough accommodation for all them.
More than 50 of the luxury vehicles – known as RVs – have been delivered to a RAF air base 20 miles from where the meeting of world leaders takes place at the weekend.
A 400-strong contingent of Secret Service agents and support staff are due to arrive for the summit being hosted by Boris Johnson and held in the tiny Cornish resort of Carbis Bay.
Video footage showed Osprey helicopters soaring above Cornwall and Devon as they practiced the route the President will take from Newquay Airport to Tregenna Castle Resort, St Ives, after Air Force One lands on Wednesday.
Leaders from Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the UK and the United States will come together in Cornwall this weekend because the region is seen as central to the UK’s green technology sector.
With more than 5,000 police from all over the UK providing security, and thousands of holidaymakers already in the area, almost every hotel and B&B in a 30-mile radius of Carbis Bay has been booked. More than 1,000 police will be staying on a cruise liner docked in Falmouth harbour.
The RVs – often used by celebrities when attending events such as Glastonbury – have been parked up at the St Mawgan airbase near Newquay.
More than 50 of the luxury vehicles – known as RVs – have been delivered to a RAF air base 20 miles from where the meeting of world leaders takes place at the weekend
A 400 strong contingent of Secret Service agents and support staff are due to arrive for the summit being hosted by Boris Johnson and held in the tiny Cornish resort of Carbis Bay
USMC Osprey helicopters, known as Marine One when the US president is onboard, are seen flying above St Michael’s Mount, left, and landing on a grass area of the mount, right
An Osprey helicopter practised landing on the golf course at the resort on Monday evening as his pilots familiarised the route they will take after Air Force One lands at Newquay Airport later this week
Police carry out a standard search pattern security check on Carbis bay beach early on Tuesday morning
MS Tamar patrols off Carbis Bay early on Tuesday morning as part of the intense security mission
Personnel land on Carbis Bay beach early on Tuesday morning as security teams practice ahead of the summit
Some 30 vehicles have been leased from a Somerset company called Empire RV. They supply the luxury vehicles for film shoots and for people attending Grand Prix events.
The US camper vans are so large that the company warns many can only be driven by one of their experienced staff and are not available for self-drive hire.
The most luxurious American campers – some the size of a articulated lorry – can sleep up to eight people and come equipped with satellite TV and many other home comforts.
The RVs are expected to be driven to the Tregenna Hotel in Carbis Bay where the US President is due to stay during the three-day conference.
The US motor homes have been rented for £2,500 each for a week by the US Embassy in London and include the 45ft long former RV used by Jensen Button when he was racing in Formula 1.
A spokesman for Bristol based Empire RV said they had set up a mini village at the St Mawgan airbase. The RVs will be used by support staff and Secret Service agents for President Joe Biden during his stay in Cornwall.
Two Sea kings and three MV 22 Ospreys fly into Carbis Bay, Cornwall on Monday evening
The US aircraft flew into Cornwall on Monday evening ahead of the meeting of world leaders this weekend
An Osprey is pictured landing at Tregenna Castle, St Ives for G7 meeting. Three US Marine Osprey aircraft have been seen over St Michael Mount and the Carbis Bay area
The skies above Cornwall have been buzzing with US military aircraft in preparation for Biden’s arrival
The RVs – often used by celebrities when attending events such as Glastonbury – have been parked up at the St Mawgan airbase (pictured) near Newquay
The 400 strong contingent of staff accompanying the President is so large the Cabinet Office, who are organising the G7 event, baulked at waiving quarantine rules for so many. Pictured, the RVs
The luxury RVs will house security personnel during the court of the weekend after tourists booked hotels up
Traffic delays are pictured on the A30 in Cornwall as bridges crossing the key artery are closed ahead of the summit
The huge cruise ship Silja Europa, which has been hired to accommodate many of the 6,500 police officers who will be policing the G7 Summit in Cornwall, has docked in Falmouth as the Cornish town prepares to welcome world leaders
More than 6,500 officers from forces across the UK are set to be deployed across the summit, and hundreds of police will spend their off-duty time on the massive 202m long MS Silja Europa
The 14-deck vessel, which was built in Germany in 1993 and can reach speeds of 21 knots, can carry more than 3,000 passengers with hundreds of cocktail-tray waiters, maids and other crew to look after their every need
A helicopter dubbed Marine One when the US president is onboard practised landing on the golf course at the Tregenna Castle Resort – where President Biden and the other world leaders will stay – on Monday evening. His pilots familiarised the route they will take after Air Force One lands at Newquay Airport later this week.
Biden’s first international trip will include the G7 as well as meetings with the Queen and Vladimir Putin
President Joe Biden’s first foreign trip as the US leader will feature a meeting with the Queen following the G7 summit. Here’s his full schedule to June 16:
Wednesday, June 9
Biden and his wife, Jill, leave Washington on Wednesday morning. Their first stop in the UK will be at Royal Air Force Mildenhall to greet U.S. Air Force personnel stationed there. Mildenhall is home to the 100th Air Refueling Wing, the only permanent U.S. Air Force air refueling wing in the European theater.
Thursday, June 10
Biden will meet Prime Minister Boris Johnson in Cornwall, site of the G7 summit, to reaffirm the special relationship between the United States and the United Kingdom.
Friday, June 11
Biden will attend the G7 summit for three days starting on Friday, to work on U.S. policy priorities such as the economy and allied unity.
Saturday, June 12
Biden will attend more G7 summit meetings in Cornwall and have bilateral meetings with fellow G7 leaders.
Sunday, June 13
Biden will finish his meetings at the G7 summit. Afterward, the Bidens will meet Britain’s Queen Elizabeth at Windsor Castle. Then Biden will travel to Brussels for the night.
Monday, June 14
Biden will meet NATO leaders and have a private meeting with the president of Turkey, Tayyip Erdogan.
Tuesday, June 15
Biden will hold more NATO meetings and then fly to Geneva for the night.
Wednesday, June 16
Biden will meet Russian President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday, their first face-to-face meeting since Biden became president. White House national security adviser Jake Sullivan said on Monday it was unclear whether the two leaders would hold a joint news conference after their talks.
The skies above Cornwall have this week been buzzing with US military aircraft in preparation for Biden’s arrival.
Three US Marine Osprey aircraft have been seen over St Michael Mount and the Carbis Bay area.
The aircrafts’ purpose is to fly White House staff during the President’s trips abroad. They also transport Secret Service agents that follow Marine One in case the helicopter goes down.
Yesterday evening at 8pm Ospreys were seen over Haldon Hills near Exeter, where it is thought they may have just left Exeter Airport.
By 8.40pm the aircraft were spotted landing at Tregenna Castle Resort.
It is Biden’s first overseas trip since being sworn in as president in January after beating Donald Trump in the November election.
The 400-strong contingent of staff accompanying the President is so large the Cabinet Office, who are organising the G7 event, baulked at waiving quarantine rules for so many.
But after assurances all staff accompanying the President have undergone Covid tests, as well as being fully vaccinated, approval was given.
Members of the Secret Service, who are tasked with protecting the President, have made numerous visits to the Carbis Bay hotel where the conference will be held.
They have been liaising with Devon and Cornwall Police over security arrangements being put in place during the summit which begins on June 11th.
Protestors’ promises to attempt to disrupt the conference led 5,000 police officers from around the UK to be drafted in to provide round the clock security.
Residents living near the hotel will have to show two forms of ID to be allowed past check points as a ring of steel is thrown around the summit venue with roads and coastal footpaths closed.
Police began ramping up security by announcing they would be closing down access to the 30 bridges over the A30 – the main road leading into and through Cornwall, including towns such as Bodmin, Redruth and Truro.
Fears that the protestors from Extinction Rebellion and other groups will try to shut down the A30 led police to restrict access.
Paper notices have been pinned to lampposts informing residents that the bridges will be closed for up to 21 days.
The notices read: ‘It is necessary to mitigate the danger to the public or damage to the highway (from incidents) that may arise from the hosting of an event taking place in Carbis Bay.’
A spokesman for Devon and Cornwall Police said the closures had been enforced under Anti-Terrorism Traffic Regulation Orders.
The cost of policing the G7 Summit has been put at £70million and is by far the biggest security operation put into force in Devon and Cornwall.
Climate change activists have been warned they will not be allowed to stage any demonstration near to the Carbis Bay area with designated areas for protests in Falmouth and Plymouth.
But with Extinction Rebellion calling on its supporters to converge of Cornwall there are fears they will attempt to breach the security cordon thrown around the Carbis Bay and St Ives area.
A protest group Resist G7 has started a GoFundMe donation page to raise money for protestors to travel and stay in Cornwall during the conference.
More than 6,500 police from forces across the UK are set to be deployed across the summit, and around one sixth of them will spend their off-duty time on the massive 202m long MS Silja Europa.
Police officers search the beach with metal detectors at Carbis Bay, Cornwall, ahead of the G7 summit
A huge US Air Force Boeing C-17 Globemaster III plane was seen dropping Joe Biden’s helicopter (pictured) at Royal Navy airbase Culdrose near Helston
The 14-deck vessel was built in Germany in 1993 and comes with a grill house, moonlight disco, pools and a spa and can reach speeds of 21 knots. It can carry more than 3,000 passengers, with hundreds of cocktail-tray waiters, maids and other crew to look after their every need.
It is usually sent on cruises between Helsinki and Tallinn, and was described by its operator Estonian shipping company Tallink as ‘the biggest and most beautiful cruise ship on the Baltic’.
Devon and Cornwall Police said the liner has been hired for 10 days and used by officers for accommodation, catering and ‘other essential facilities’. Whoever gets one of the executive suites will even have their own sauna.
However, cruise liners have come under fire from climate change activists for their role in polluting the world and causing carbon emission damage on a grand scale – just one of the issues on the cards for the G7 leaders.
And disgruntled locals have slammed the force for chartering the vessel ‘for what will be little more than an ego trip for BoJo where Devon and Cornwall council taxpayers will ultimately foot the bill’.
Earlier this week, a huge US Air Force Boeing C-17 Globemaster III plane was seen dropping Joe Biden’s helicopter at Royal Navy airbase Culdrose near Helston.
Pictures show the massive four-engine aircraft landing and dropping off a khaki and white helicopter with ‘United States of America’ written on it.
A police spokesperson for G7 planning said: ‘We will be deploying over 6,500 officers and staff to this event and we are supporting a vast range of local businesses and suppliers as part of our extensive logistical arrangements.
‘This includes using over 4,000 rooms at almost 200 venues across Devon and Cornwall which will support local communities and accommodate police officers and staff deployed from across the UK.
‘In order to secure further essential capacity, we reviewed a number of options and recently agreed to hire the MS Silja Europa, operated by Tallink; taking into account impacts to the environment, community, the operational needs, and those of our officers and staff.
‘The vessel will remain static, moored in Falmouth, used for a 10-day period, with only the accommodation, catering and other essential facilities in use.
‘We are working closely with the vessel owners, ports authorities and health partners to ensure the safe use of this accommodation. Those staying onboard will strictly follow all the applicable Covid safety guidelines, enhanced by daily testing – consistent with staff staying at all other accommodation sites across the force area.’
The Silja Europa has seven restaurants and coffee shops, a nightclub, live music venue and full spa and beauty salon. But police insist most facilities will be closed, with only the restaurants available to officers, and the showtime theatre may be used but only for ‘daily police briefings’.
Boris Johnson will use the G7 summit to secure a global pledge to vaccinate the world’s population against Covid-19 by the end of 2022.
The Prime Minister will call on world leaders to agree a plan to end the pandemic by ensuring every person has access to a jab within the next 18 months.
He hailed the summit, which will be held in Cornwall, as ‘historic’. The G7 starts on Friday, when the leaders will gather for a face-to-face meeting.
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