Royal Marines have been working with Norwegian troops storming shorelines on amphibious raids in the fjords of the Arctic Circle, according to the Ministry of Defence.
Royal Marines Offshore Raiding Craft hit the beaches backed by landing craft before the joint forces “brought their fire and fury onto the land”.
According to a press release:
“In blizzard conditions, the fast raiding boats of Plymouth-based 47 Commando tore through the icy waters with Norwegian troops from Brigade Nord. Royal Marines Offshore Raiding Craft, which can reach speeds of up to around 50mph, sped towards the beach backed by landing craft before the joint forces brought their fire and fury onto the land.”
Captain Jack Denniss of 47 Commando’s 539 Raiding Squadron said:
“The Royal Marines are re-rolling into smaller, disaggregated teams as we move toward the Future Commando Force concept. These teams will be highly flexible, able to integrate with allied forces to amplify their effectiveness. As we move toward this, continued training with our partner nations is developing cohesion in strategically important regions.”
47 Commando are currently deployed in northern Norway, at the fjord at Hellarbogen. They are preparing for Norwegian-led NATO war games, Exercise Cold Response, later this month alongside 45 Commando, 30 Commando Information Exploitation Group and other Royal Marines units.