300 Royal Marines brought their “fire and fury” onto the beaches of Scotland as they refreshed amphibious warfare skills ahead of deployment around Northern Europe this spring, say the Royal Navy.

The marines of Arbroath-based 45 Commando crashed ashore from assault ship HMS Albion, perfecting their amphibious warfare skills using a range of landing and raiding craft.

Assault ship HMS Albion.

According to a news release:

“This is all in preparation for operations around the North Atlantic, North Sea and Baltic this spring on the Littoral Response Group (North) deployment. HMS Albion was used as the headquarters for the exercises, deploying a variety of landing craft from her carnivorous dock full of commandos and their equipment to the coastline.

The training, known as Wader, is the cornerstone of amphibious operations and helps to prepare sailors and commandos for any eventuality. It includes capsize drills into the freezing cold water, beach landings in the dead of night and the transporting large vehicles onto the beach from landing craft.”

Yes, we know it says “carnivorous dock” above, this isn’t our mistake. It’s safe to assume that the Ministry of Defence meant to say ‘cavernous dock’, however.

The Royal Navy add here that more than 300 Royal Marines completed this training, as well as personnel from the 29 Commando Regiment Royal Artillery, 24 Commando Royal Engineers and Commando Logistics Regiment.

“This intensive training is treated as a mission rehearsal and provides personnel with the core skills and confidence to conduct an amphibious assault, even in the most arduous conditions.”

The Royal Marines will be further tested in Exercise Highland Dagger, an 11-day a tactical exercise before the Littoral Response Task Group moves into Northern Europe and the Baltic region for operations with NATO allies, you can read more here.

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JohnG
JohnG
1 month ago

Good bunch of lads. Glad it clarified that they’re were more than 300 RM as 300 is a bit of an odd number. As said previously, my understanding is two groups of around 100 go ashore with two groups if 100 providing support/ being in reserve. All this training currently underway does paint a really positive picture of our armed forces, all credit to ukdj for reporting items such as these. Real shame they aren’t picked up a bit more in the msm.

Pete
Pete
1 month ago

Anyone know if this included a couple of hovercraft landing on a beach in NE Fife….off tentsmuir

Terry holmes
Terry holmes
29 days ago

Allways got to be ready for anything today, this dangerous world of ours agree with our forces being trained by all means.

Tim Partington
Tim Partington
28 days ago

” carnivorous” dock…..🤣

Roger Greenaway
Roger Greenaway
25 days ago
Reply to  Tim Partington

being Royal Marines – that’s probably right!😆