Zulu Company from 45 Commando, based at Arbroath in Scotland, are to be the first on the ground should the Royal Marines be called on to deal with a chemical, biological, radiological or nuclear (CBRN) incident.
Exercise Toxic Dagger is the second major chemical and nuclear warfare workout for the Royal Marines inside 12 months.
Military and civilian specialists from the Defence Chemical Biological Radiological Nuclear Centre at Westdown Camp on Salisbury Plain helped the Royal Marines perfect their skills, according to a news release.
“After a week in the classroom learning about the latest threats and how to deal with them both practically and in planning a co-ordinated response, the marines moved on to a week of practical training – called Exercise Toxic Dagger – which culminated in an all-out attack on Imber village, testing all they had learned.”
According to reports, the final assault incorporated pyrotechnic and electronic battle simulators to make the experience as real as possible.
“The recent attack on British soil highlighted the importance of this capability and it is more important than ever for us to be able to operate effectively in this environment should the need arise,” said Sergeant Ben Fail from the Defence Chemical Biological Radiological Nuclear Centre.