45 Commando were tasked with ambushing and pursuing a mock enemy across the mountainous terrain of northern Norway as part of an exercise.
According to a news release from the Royal Navy, the week-long ‘fight phase’ was also a chance for further development of small-team tactics that are a key part of Future Commando Force modernisation, which is seeing Royal Marines embrace new technology and return to being raiders from the sea.
Sergeant Taylor, Mountain Leader Class 1, was quoted as saying:
“The aim of the week, and the course, is to produce marines who are comfortable with operating in a mountainous and Arctic environment, and we achieved that. The fight phase is deliberately arduous, as it successfully instils the discipline and skills required to overcome both the environment and a determined adversary.
The final week of the course was a significant step-up from the mobility phase (in which commandos refresh skills in moving on snow shoes and skis), the weather became a lot more challenging as well, but the marines relished the opportunity to be tested in this environment, and demonstrate that they can still be lethal.”
45 Commando are now finishing their Arctic training with live firing at the ranges, further ski training and training on skidoos for reconnaissance and increased mobility across the terrain before returning to the UK.