The Principality of Monaco, which is the world's second smallest nation (after the Vatican City State), has a very limited military capability, and would depend entirely upon its larger neighbor, France, for defense in the face of an aggressive world power.
Department of the Interior
This Government Department is responsible for both policing and military activity within Monaco.
Border Patrol & Patrol Boats
Some quasi-military roles are assigned to the civil police, such as border patrol, and border defense, which are the responsibility of a special police unit officially named "The Maritime and Heliport Police Division", and which operates on land and at sea, using patrol boats and high-speed surveillance boats. Patrol boats are also operated by both the Corps des Sapeurs-Pompiers and the Compagnie des Carabiniers du Prince (see below).
Military and Civil Defense
Two full time militarized armed forces exist under the control of the Department of the Interior. One is the Corps des Sapeurs-Pompiers de Monaco, and the other is the Compagnie des Carabiniers du Prince.
Corps des Sapeurs-Pompiers
Describing itself as a "military force", the Corps consists of 9 officers, 25 non-commissioned officers, and 96 other ranks - a total force of 130 military personnel (there are also civilian employees). The officers' ranks (in descending order of seniority) are: Colonel, Lieutenant Colonel, Commandant, Captain, Lieutenant, Sub-Lieutenant. There are a further nine ranks of non-commissioned officer and enlisted personnel. Officers have generally served in the French military or fire service. Based at two barracks (one in La Condamine and one in Fontvieille) 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 Defense brief. Its personnel are trained in the use of firearms, and the Corps has a central armory; 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.
Compagnie des Carabiniers du Prince
Of a similar size to the Corps des Sapeurs-Pompiers, the Compagnie des Carabiniers du Prince has a total force of 112, consisting of 3 officers, 15 non-commissioned officers, and 94 enlisted men. The officers have usually trained and served with the French military. Its primary duty is the defense 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.
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