Video: Int’l Special Operations Forces Mock Exercise

Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn, in the khaki slacks and black shirt, being “rescued” by international special forces Wednesday during a mock demonstration at the Tampa Convention Center.

One highlight of the International Special Operations Forces week in Tampa was a mock hostage rescue and capability exercises featuring special forces from 10 different countries.

From the land and water, the teams assaulted a fake village – set up outside the Tampa Convention Center – to rescue Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn who volunteered to be the “hostage.”

Adm. William McRaven, commander of the U.S. Special Operations Command, told reporters after the exercise that it’s been a great week of exchanging ideas.

The conference also gave international special operations forces a chance to talk with industry representatives from the National Defense Industrial Agency.

The mock capability exercises also included fast-rope drops from a helicopter and jumping from airplanes at high altitude.

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