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Andorra has no defence forces and only a small internal police force (around 160 police officers). All able-bodied men who own firearms must serve, without remuneration, in a small army, which is unique in that all of its men are treated as officers. The army has not fought for more than 700 years, and its main responsibility is to present the Andorran flag at official ceremonies.

Armed Forces of Malta

1st Regiment, Armed Forces of Malta
HQ Company (command and control)
A Company (airport security; Malta International Airport)
B Company (internal security, guarding high-profile/sensitive government establishments)
C (Special Duties) Company (Quick Reaction Force, for high-risk operations)
Air Defence & Support Company (air defence capability)

Air Wing, Armed Forces of Malta
Has responsibility for the security of Maltese airspace, maritime patrol, Search and Rescue, and provision of military assistance to other Government departments. The current air assets include:
2x Britten-Norman BN-2B-26 Islander fixed-wing aircraft
4x former RAF Scottish Aviation Bulldog T1 series 120 fixed-wing aircraft
3x Aérospatiale SA 316B Alouette III helicopters.

Maritime Squadron, Armed Forces of Malta
The maritime squadron has a wide range of duties, including coast guard, customs, marine police, fisheries protection and search and rescue. Current maritime assets:
1x "Modified" Diciotti Class Offshore-Patrol Vessel (P 61)
2x Protector Class Coastal Patrol Boats (P 51, P 52)
2x Bremse Class Inshore Patrol Boats (P 32, P 33)
2x Swift Class Inshore Patrol Boats (P 23, P 24)
2x Melita (Vittoria) Class Search & Rescue Launches (Melita I, Melita II)
1x Fast-Interceptor Craft (P 01)
The Rapid Deployment Team: Conducts Maritime Law Enforcement operations and counterterrorism interventions at sea

3rd Regiment, Armed Forces of Malta (Combat Support)
-Engineer Squadron
-Ammunition and Explosives Company
-Electrical and Mechanical Engineering Squadron

Emergency Volunteer Reserve Force
In addition to the regular forces, there is also the Emergency Volunteer Reserve Force, which consists of part-time volunteers to support the regulars at C (SD) Company, 1 Regiment AFM.


Department of the Interior (responsible for both policing and military)

Compagnie des Carabiniers du Prince
The Compagnie des Carabiniers du Prince primary duty is the defence of the Prince, and the Prince's Palace in the Monaco-Ville (old town); quarter of Monaco. By extension, it also has a role in guarding members of the judiciary, who administer justice in the name of the Prince. There are a number of specialist units within the Compagnie des Carabiniers du Prince, which include a motorcycle section (for rapid-response and motorcycle outriding); a diving unit with military, rescue, and scientific capabilities; a military first-aid unit which provides first-aid and ambulance cover at public and sporting events; and a military band, which includes state trumpeters, a brass ensemble, and a small orchestra, as well as being a marching band for ceremonial purposes.

Corps des Sapeurs-Pompiers
Describing itself as a "military force", Officers have generally served in the French military or fire service. The Corps is equipped with fire engines, rescue vehicles, and a range of specialist vehicles including a fire boat, and sealed tracked vehicles for entering Monaco's railway tunnels during an emergency. Beyond fire-fighting duties, the Corps has an extensive Civil Defence brief. Its personnel are trained in the use of firearms, and the Corps has a central armoury; personnel are also trained to handle chemical incidents, and have specialist chemical incident vehicles and equipment. They are also equipped with front-line ambulances, and personnel have first-aid and paramedic training.

Military of San Marino
San Marino has one of the smallest military forces in the world. Its different branches have varied functions including: performing ceremonial duties; patrolling borders; mounting guard at government buildings; and assisting police in major criminal cases. There is also a Gendarmerie which is technically part of the military forces of the republic. National defence in the face of an aggressive world power is, by arrangement, the responsibility of Italy's armed forces.

The Crossbow Corps
Although once at the heart of San Marino's army, the Crossbow Corps is now an entirely ceremonial force of about 80 volunteer soldiers. The Crossbow Corps has a continuous history from its first mention in the national statutes of 1295. It continues to provide demonstrations of crossbow shooting at festivals. Its uniform is mediaeval in design, and although it is a statutory military unit, it has no actual military function today.

The Guard of the Rock
The Guard of the Rock are the state border patrol, with responsibility for patrolling borders and defending them; they are also responsible for the guarding of the Palazzo Pubblico in San Marino City, which is the seat of national Government. Under the 1987 statute the Guard of the Rock are all enrolled as 'Criminal Police Officers' (in addition to their military role) and assist the police in investigating major crimes.

The Guard of the Council
Its full name is 'The Guard of the Council Great and General' and it is also known locally as the 'Guard of Nobles'. This unit, formed in 1740, is composed almost entirely of volunteers, and its duties are largely ceremonial. The functions of the Guard of the Council are to protect the Captains Regent, and to defend the Great and General Council during its formal sessions. They also provide a ceremonial bodyguard to government officials on festivals of both state and church.

Corpi Militari Volontari (Voluntary Military Force)
The entire military corps of San Marino depends upon the co-operation of full-time forces and the Corpi Militari Volontari. This unit remains the basic fighting force of the armed forces of San Marino, but is largely ceremonial. It is a matter of civic pride for many Sammarinese to belong to the force, and all citizens with at least six years residence in the republic are entitled to enroll.

Corps of Gendarmerie of San Marino
Established in 1842, the Corps is a militarized police service. Its members are full-time and have responsibility for the protection of citizens and their property, and for the preservation of law and order. The Gendarmerie has two 'Divisions' entitled 'Criminal Police Division' and 'Flying Squad Division', each of which is further divided into operational 'Brigades'.

Municipal Police
The Municipal Police is not part of the armed forces of San Marino, but it does work closely with them, particularly with the Gendarmerie. It is responsible for policing local communities and traffic.

Sovereign Military Order of Malta
The Sovereign Military Order of Malta is a Catholic order that is a sovereign entity under international law and has permanent observer status at the United Nations. The Order is the direct successor to the medieval Knights Hospitaller, also known as the Knights of Malta, and today operates as a largely charitable and ceremonial organization. Its headquarters in Rome are granted extraterritoriality by Italy. Unlike the Holy See, which is sovereign over the Vatican City, SMOM has no other sovereign territory, yet it does have full diplomatic relations, including embassies, with 100 states, and is in more informal relationship with five others. As a sovereign body it has the right to issues its own stamps, coins, passports, license plates, and maintain a military force, and does so at its Rome headquarters.

Military Corps of the Sovereign Military Order of Malta
Commonly referred to as The Military Corps of the Order, the military force in its present form was raised in 1877 and has enjoyed a continuous existence since that date, armed and uniformed members of the Corps are mainly used in ceremonial duties. By agreement with the Italian Government in 1877 the Military Corps came into being under the official title of 'Auxiliary Military Corps of the Italian Army - Sovereign Military Order of Malta', to assist the Italian army's injured or sick (in peace or war). In 1908 the agreement was modified so that the Corps, whilst remaining the official military unit of the Order, and under the command of the Order, also became a fully integral part of the Italian army. The Corps has become known in mainland Europe for its operation of hospital trains, a service which was carried out intensively during both World Wars.

Vatican City

Security and Civil Defense Services Department
The Security and Civil Defense Services Department manages security and public order, together with the Pontifical Swiss Guard and with related Vatican departments and, when necessary, in conjunction with similar services in Italy and other countries.

Optimus Tutela [Noble Guard](Horse Guards)
The Noble Guard was one of the guard units of the Vatican. It was formed by Pope Pius VII in 1801 as a regiment of heavy cavalry. Initially, the regiment was tasked with providing escort for the Pope and other senior Princes of the Church, and missions within the Papal States at the behest of the pope. With the unification of Italy and the confiscation of the Papal States in 1870, the Noble Guard became a corps of foot guards. The corps was a volunteer one - its members were not paid for their service, and had to pay for their own equipment. One of the subordinate positions within the corps was that of Hereditary Standard-Bearer, who was responsible for carrying the standard of the Catholic Church. The Noble Guard made its appearance in public only when the pope took part in a public function; when the pope withdrew, he was followed by the Noble Guard. During the Second World War, the Noble Guard shared responsibility with the Swiss Guard for the personal security of Pope Pius XII. The guard was abolished by Pope Paul VI in 1970 as part of the reforms of the Church following Vatican II.

Pontificia Cohors Helvetica [Pontifical Swiss Guard](Foot Guards)
The history of the Swiss Guards has its origins in the 15th century. Pope Sixtus IV (1471-1484) already made a previous alliance with the Swiss Confederation. The pact was renewed by Innocent VIII (1484-1492) in order to use them against the Duke of Milan. During the time of the Borgias, however, the Italian Wars began in which the Swiss mercenaries were a fixture in the front lines among the warring factions, sometimes for France and sometimes for the Holy See or the Holy Roman Empire. The mercenaries enlisted when they heard King Charles VIII of France was going to raise a war against Naples. Among the participants in the war against Naples was Cardinal Giuliano della Rovere, the future Pope Julius II (1503-1513), who was well acquainted with the Swiss having been Bishop of Lausanne years earlier. The expedition failed in part thanks to new alliances made by Alexander VI against the French. When Cardinal della Rovere became pope Julius II in 1505, he asked the Swiss Diet to provide him with a constant corps of 200 Swiss mercenaries. In September 1505, the first contingent of 150 soldiers started their march towards Rome, under the command of Kaspar von Silenen, and entered the city on January 22, 1506, today given as the official date of the Guard's foundation. Ceremonially, they shared duties in the Papal household with the Palatine Guard and Noble Guard, both of which were disbanded in 1970 under Paul VI. Today the Papal Swiss Guard have taken over the ceremonial roles of the former units.

Palatine Tutela (Palatine Guard) (Militia)
The Palatine Guard was a military unit of the Vatican. It was formed in 1850 by Pope Pius IX, who ordered that the two militia units of the Papal States be amalgamated. The corps was formed as an infantry unit, and took part in watch-keeping in Rome as well as various battles, including the defense of Rome against soldiers from Piedmont. After 1870 and the unification of Italy, the corps was confined to the Vatican. The Palatine Guard were usually seen either when the Pope was in St Peter's Square, or when a Head of State visited the Vatican. Members of the corps were volunteers, who were not paid for their service (though they received an allowance for replacement or repair of their uniforms). The corps was also the only one in the service of the Vatican to have a full military band. The Second World War was a high point in the history of the Palatine Guard. In September 1943, when German troops occupied Rome in response to Italy's conclusion of an armistice with the Allies, the Guard was given the responsibility of protecting Vatican City, various Vatican properties in Rome, and the pope's summer villa at Castel Gandolfo. The guardsmen (mainly Roman shop keepers and office clerks) whose service had previously been limited to standing in ranks and presenting arms at ceremonial occasions, now found themselves patrolling the walls, gardens and courtyards of Vatican City and standing post at the entrances to papal buildings around the Eternal City. On more than one occasion this service resulted in violent confrontations with Italian Fascist police units working with the German authorities to arrest political refugees who were hiding in buildings protected by the Vatican. At the outbreak of the Second World War in September 1939 the Palatine Guard mustered some 500 men, but by the liberation of Rome in June 1944 the corps had grown to 2000 men. The corps was abolished in 1970 by Pope Paul VI as part of the reforms of the Church following the Second Vatican Council.

The Guardie dei Fuoco [Fire Brigade]
The earliest Vatican firemen are remembered for their elegant uniforms, preserved in paintings and etchings held by the Vatican Archives. The modern firefighting team was reorganized in 1941, and the fire station is tucked into a corner of the Belvedere Courtyard, a crossroads of sorts at the Vatican. The Fire Department which provides emergency assistance and prevention aimed at safeguarding the people and patrimony of Vatican City State, in collaboration with the Technical Services Administration.

Gendarmerie Somes of Vatican Civitas [Gendarmerie Corps of the Vatican City State]
The Gendarmerie Somes of Vatican Civitas is responsible for security, public order, traffic control, criminal investigation, and other general police duties in Vatican City. A small number of the corps' officers travel with the pope to provide close-in security for the pontiff.


The army of Luxembourg has four main combat formations which come under the control of the Centre Militaire:

Compagnie A [A Company]
- HQ Platoon
- Anti-Tank Platoon (equipped with TOW)
- Rifle Platoon
- Rifle Platoon

Compagnie B [B Company]
Compagnie B is the educational unit of the army, providing various educational courses for personnel to take in preparation for advancement.

Compagnie Commandement et Instruction [Order and Instruction Company]

Compagnie D [D Company], Luxembourg Reconnaissance Company (Allied Mobile Force [Land])
- HQ Platoon
- Anti-Tank Platoon (equipped with TOW)
- Rifle Platoon
- Rifle Platoon

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