Royal Marines from 3 Commando Brigade have been refining winter mountaineering skills in Snowdonia National Park during Exercise Winter Walker 18, say the MoD.
3 Cdo Bde, including attached Army and Navy ranks have made the journey to Snowdonia National Park to undertake an eight-day arduous mountain training package to ensure they are physically and mentally ready for the harsh arctic conditions of Norway in early 2019.
C/Sgt Cameron Smith (36) said in a press release:
“Mountain training is a prerequisite for all Royal Marines and attached ranks deploying to Norway”, he added, “Mountain training ensures the necessary knowledge, physical and mental robustness to operate in the arctic.”
The release went on to say:
“The Commandos use the difficult mountainous terrain to test basic skills such as navigation and casualty evacuation alongside vertical assault and river crossings which are specialist skills unique to the Royal Marines.
Vertical assault training is used to pass vertical obstacles, whether it be a cliff face or a mountainous feature inland, the skill uses advanced climbing and abseiling techniques to cross the obstacle undetected to surprise the enemy. The technique was developed by the first Commandos during world war two, to launch raids against German forces behind enemy lines. Modern technology has improved the equipment used but the basic principal has changed very little since the first Commandos.”
Mountain training is carried out annually in both Scotland and North Wales to ensure the Royal Marines are fully prepared to deploy to the harsh arctic environment of Norway to conduct Arctic warfare training.