A British commando raid on the west coast of Denmark brought the first stage of the Baltic Protector deployment to a close.
According to the Royal Navy, Royal Marines and their Dutch counterparts waged a battle around the towns of Esbjerg and Varde in western Denmark, taking on Danish troops.
“The focus of the first phase of the deployment – Danex, or Danish Exercise – was meshing the different amphibious, naval, ground and air forces together in the western Baltic and eastern North Sea so they could work as one, seamlessly. Each nation’s helicopters and landing craft were tested different ship, while the task group fired different weapon systems and practised defending itself from attack – practising skills that are the building blocks of amphibious warfare.
Royal Marines of 45 Commando and 30 Commando Information Exploitation Group, alongside Dutch, Danish and Norwegian allies, perfected helicopter raids, urban close quarters combat, the live firing of artillery and mortars, convoy and ambush tactics, and a dusk parachute drop. The training culminated in a spectacular night amphibious assault on a remote stretch of the Danish coastline.”
The MoD say that the Baltic Protector deployment is the first test of the UK-led Joint Expeditionary Force, a substantial naval force with the Royal Navy at its heart, and forces from eight other nations with shores on the North and Baltic Sea.
It includes the UK’s fleet flagship HMS Albion, Type 23 frigate HMS Kent, and Royal Fleet Auxiliary ships Argus and Lyme Bay.