Specialist commando gunners covertly patrolled deep behind ‘enemy lines’ in Scotland on experimental exercises with the US Marines designed to “shape the operations of tomorrow”.
Commandos directed fire from warships, 105mm howitzers and U.S. Marines HIMARS rocket artillery.
According to a news release that you can find here:
“It’s up to Royal Navy, Royal Marine and British Army commandos from 148 Commando Forward Observation Battery to bring a rain of fire and fury down upon enemy positions by guiding the guns of the Fleet – their own 105mm howitzers of 29 Commando Royal Artillery – or USMC HIMARS with pinpoint accuracy.
During exercises in Western Scotland alongside the US Marines of the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit and 101 Regiment Royal Artillery, elite reconnaissance strike teams operated deep behind hostile lines to call in precision guided munition and airstrikes.
Using small raiding craft and exploiting new kit and ways of working to identify enemy targets and call in fire to destroy them, the stealthy teams used a digital network to communicate quickly so a variety of munitions could be unleashed, paving the way for allied air, ground and naval forces to move in and control the area.
Among the impressive firepower and tech at the disposal of the observers: Osprey tilt-rotors, drones, mobile rocket systems and the deep reconnaissance teams from the US Marine Corps Force Recon.”
The intensive training – dubbed Exercise Fleet Battle Problem – took place at the Kirkcudbright Training Area, in south-west Scotland.