The Littoral Response Group deployment will is being tested in Exercise Highland Dagger, a 11-day tactical exercise, before moving into northern Europe and the Baltic region for operations with NATO allies.

American Osprey tiltrotor aircraft moved Royal Marines and U.S. Navy seals from British ships to the shore.

The UK’s Littoral Response Group (North) deployment sees commando forces and amphibious ships HMS Albion and RFA Mounts Bay, plus Type 23 frigate HMS Lancaster deploy around northern Europe and Baltic Sea in the coming months.

The task group has so far been working closely with the USS Iwo Jima’s Amphibious Ready Group off the coast of Scotland, on the US-led Exercise Ragnar Viking off the Norwegian coast and on operations in the North Sea.

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Lieutenant Commander Bob Powell, the Task Group’s Staff Aviation Officer on board HMS Albion, was quoted as saying:

“The value of this training with our US allies cannot be underestimated. It allows us to test, prove and learn from even the most simple of daily tasks up to concurrent helicopter load lifting and replenishment at sea between three very large ships in very close quarters. It’s a skill set not many nations can carry out as efficiently and safely as the Royal Navy and US Navy.

It has been a genuine pleasure to have worked with our US partners, not only over the last five days but also during the weeks and months of planning that preceded this. Their humour, enthusiasm and incredible generosity shows that the special relationship between our two nations and armed forces remains as strong as it has ever been.”

 

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john
john
23 days ago

What are the American thoughts on our Royal Marines, anyone know.

john melling
john melling
23 days ago
Reply to  john

There are a few videos on Youtube of US serving soldiers, USAF\Navy airmen, and veterans who watch what our capabilities are like and talk about what they see!

john
john
23 days ago
Reply to  john melling

Thanks, John.

Snuggelfpuffxlz
Snuggelfpuffxlz
22 days ago
Reply to  john

US Marine here. I’ve worked the the RMs several times over my career. Absolutely love the fighting mentality of RMs! I don’t think I’ve ever met an American service member who didn’t enjoy working with their British counterparts.

Tom
Tom
22 days ago
Reply to  john

US Marine here (apparently there are a few of us floating around here). I’ve worked with the SCOTs, 2 and 4 Rifles, and the RMs. I was overseas for 8 months and we had British officers integrated into our staff sections. We had nothing but good things to say about them, tough and intelligent guys with a good mindset and more than willing to fight (as well as the characteristic dry/gallows humor you Brits are known for). I’d be happy to go into combat with them again. I only wish they were compensated better for what they give for their… Read more »

Nic
Nic
22 days ago

Would they not have needed the Merlins to lift in equipment and stores or was it just marines being airlifted

Gemma
Gemma
22 days ago

Royal Marine Commandos. Back in the 70s one could join the Royal Marines or Royal Marine Commandos. Today all Marines are commando trained.

Alan Cousins
Alan Cousins
22 days ago
Reply to  Gemma

1965 I joined as a Royal Marine recruit wearing a blue beret till the end of training when I was awarded the coveted green beret and could be known as a RM Commando the band are Royal Marine musicians tho some choose to do the commando course ⚓️🇬🇧

KPB
KPB
21 days ago
Reply to  Alan Cousins

A year before my father then (subsequently K-coy, 42cdo).

Thanks for your service Alan, OAMAAM.

Did you have an old-style US helmet during training too? My Dad said trained Booties didn’t wear helmets because they were tough enough to take a bullet to the bonce and keep fighting. As a kid, I believed him!

Last edited 21 days ago by KPB