Royal Marines joined Belgian, German and Dutch troops in a test of urban warfare and evacuation skills.

According to the Royal Navy, with 1,800 Belgian troops deployed on the streets of the country for security reasons following the atrocities in Brussels back in March, the host nation’s involvement was scaled down while international input stepped up.

The Royal Navy Press Release states:

“For the sake of the exercise, western Flanders became the fictitious land of Canaria, with scores of people requiring rescuing as conflict swept through – just the sort of thing a lead commando group is expected to do.

In scenes not too distant from those on television screens over the past 12 months, the green berets of Bravo Company, 40 Commando, moved through the Channel port of Ostend.

The marines from Norton Manor, near Taunton in Somerset, were invited by their Low Country allies to join in Storm Tide 3.

With 1,800 Belgian troops deployed on the streets of the country for security reasons following the atrocities in Brussels back in March, the host nation’s involvement was scaled down – while international input stepped up.”

The city of Ostend was subjected to assault by land, sea and air with an amphibious landing near the casino to seize the neighbouring harbour and airport so Hercules could land and evacuate large numbers of civilians.

Major Tom O’Keeffe Royal Marines, Officer Commanding Bravo Company said:

“For my company it’s an exceptional opportunity – it gives us the chance to exercise alongside our international counterparts in a complex, real-time environment”

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Francis Xavier Sowerby Thomas

I hope you had as much fun writing that caption as I had trying to understand what the hell was going on

UK Defence Journal
5 years ago

I did to be honest, especially due to the events of today. While we have no position on the vote, this was fun.

Steven
5 years ago

Hahahahahaha!

Greg Griffiths
5 years ago

Cornwall and now Belgium, where next?

Francis Xavier Sowerby Thomas
Reply to  Greg Griffiths

Maybe there is a clue on their cap badge. Oh Jesus they’re going for world domination!

Albert Yome
5 years ago

About bloody time.

Dave Crook
5 years ago

Were they open or closed for the day?

Steve Wheat
5 years ago

Give it back, no one wants Belgium…

Adam Hawkins
5 years ago

Can they tie up Eden Hazard and friends for a few weeks just in case?