Royal Marines of O and P Squadrons, 43 Commando Fleet Protection Group have been exercising in the Netherlands.
According to the Ministry of Defence:
“They were given free range of the training areas at Dutch Army’s infantry school at Harskamp, near Arnhem, for the fortnight-long Exercise Gelderland Strike – named after the region of the Netherlands.
Joining the commandos for the second iteration of the exercise were officers from the Ministry of Defence Police who work with 43 Commando to form the ring of steel around Britain’s nuclear deterrent 24/7, 365 days a year.”
It is the mission of both to secure and defend the Royal Navy’s Vanguard-class submarines when they are in base at or sailing from/returning to Faslane, as well as the nearby ammunition facility at Coulport.
That means both commandos and police must work together seamlessly and above all master operating in a busy, complex and dangerous urban environment by day or night.
One of the highlights of the two-week training package was an attack on a mock village.