Royal Marines have stormed the beaches of North Carolina but don’t worry, it’s just an exercise.

British forces took part in what the US Marines are describing as ‘the largest, most dynamic war game staged on the Eastern Seaboard this year’.

Exercise Bold Alligator sees personnel from around the world converge on Camp Lejeune, North Carolina.

45 Commando from Arbroath accepted the invite alongside troops from Norway, France, Canada, Brazil, the French Foreign Legion, and Mexico.

Bold Alligator reached its climax with the ‘liberation’ of North Carolina. It fell to the Royal Marines to move ashore from a ship and retake MOUT, the Military Operation Urban Terrain facility, a replica town where troops can practise and rehearse close-quarters battle and explosive and mechanical ‘methods of entry’ drills.

“Camp Lejeune is over one and a half times the size of the Isle of Wight, so this gives us the opportunity to do some really large-scale training,” explained Sub Lieutenant Johnny Danks, 45’s Education Officer in a press release.

45 Commando deployed with their Jackal vehicles. Vehicles the MoD say are designed for rapid assault and fire support.

Lieutenant Colonel Duncan Forbes, Commanding Officer of 45 Commando, said both the exercise and the setting had been just what his unit needed.

“The training areas of Camp Lejeune provide the perfect ranges to practise our firing and manoeuvres – we can practice and repeat serials, consistently improving and testing ourselves in new scenarios.

“Overall Bold Alligator has been a fantastic opportunity for us to hone our amphibious skills in a fast-paced and complex scenario with our closest international partners.

“Our ability to launch from the sea at a time and place of our choosing and to fulfil a variety of roles, from amphibious operations to disaster relief, as we’ve seen in the Caribbean over the last few weeks, is a skill unique to the Royal Marine Commandos.”

U. Navy Landing Craft Air Cushion heads to shore during Bold Alligator, Camp Lejeune, N.C., Oct. 27, 2017. Bold Alligator is a large-scale, multinational naval amphibious exercise conducted by U.S. Fleet Forces and Marine Corps Forces Command. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Olivia G. Ortiz)


  1. Not to worry, the British Government in looking to rehabilitate the thousands of followers of ISIS (As per the media this past week) on top of giving them council homes and pay their rent, will offer them well paid jobs (complete with Halal food and as many wives as they want) as the new British Jihad Battalion where they will use their experience of sailing across the Med to assail enemy bitches whilst human rights org Shave the children provide covering fire “They are children we should take them in”

    BTW the story about rehabilitating ISIS terrorists with council homes, paid rent and well paid government Jobs is true.

    I’m sure Corbyn will only be too happy to support his terrorists friends.

  2. Hate to say it but I think these boys and girls will end up without Albion or Bulwark if the latest deficit news is anything to go by.

      • OBR, IFS, IMF etc etc

        Don’t get me wrong, I don’t think we are in as bad a position as some make out but the general feeling is that we will still have a budget deficit for 5+ years. If the Government’s stated aim is to wipe that out, as they have said they will do, then more cuts are coming.

        Personally I think we should add a few pence to high rate tax and target 8+ years to wipe out the deficit, then increase MOD funding by more than the 0.5% over inflation that has been promised.

        • The alphabet spaghetti tosspots you mentioned have all be wrong…..repeatedly with their doomsday predictions regarding Brtain post-BREXIT.

        • the deficit is planned to be overcome within 8 years not 5 (2025), we then have the small question of the massive debt to deal with which wont be cleared in our lifetimes. Don’t expect to see an increase in the armed forces budget to suddenly happen in 2020, unless a major war breaks out before then.

  3. I’m not worried about them storming beaches. I’m worried that the stupid politicians will stop them storming beaches.

          • Err what about the Argentine aircraft? It was very much an Amphibious assault under fire. Amphibious assault and the core skills that the Royal Marines maintain has and always will be vital for this nation.

          • What about the Argie aircraft? We already had several battalions including Rapier and blowpipe SAMs ashore the first air strikes on San Carlos

            The beach landing was unopposed.

          • Mike – Maybe Google what was known as ‘Bomb Alley’. I will give you a clue – It was San Carlos Water. And to get to shore they had to disembark from ships (under fire) traverse to the beach(under fire) and then establish themselves (under fire). You say we already had “several battalions including Rapier and blowpipe SAMs ashore? Actually no they weren’t until AFTER the beachhead was established. Yes the SAS had Blowpipe but they were ‘elsewhere’. So how did these ‘battalions’ get to the beachhead? On a day trip from Stanley?

    • We have had cuts in 1991 1995 1998 2004 2009, all the time in between that, 2010, and 2015.
      You really are no oracle you know.
      The Uk will still be one of the biggest economies, self proclaimed nuclear power and a P5 and G8 member, to your self hating disgust no doubt.
      Sorry old boy.

  4. Note that they were being taken ashore in ship to shore connectors (large hovercraft) – surely we can do this from our solid store ships if we design them along Karel Doorman lines… 4 of these will certainly help ease the burden of losing our current vessels.

    I know its a compromise – but everything is these days. They can work as stores/humanitarian aid vessels most of the time and re-role to the require amphibious support role as needed. Better than nothing in my opinion.

    Only down side is that the S2S are £60-90m each so we are not really saving money…

    • They use Viking yes. They were meant to equip Stand Off Companies in each Commando but as far as I’m aware that didn’t happen and armoured support Group RM at Yeovilton use them.

  5. Did I read that correctly, the Marines are unique in amphibious assault varied role missions , maybe for now but the MOD by rumour are decomissioning the two assault vessels, Not surprising

  6. If they saved money by not paying the MOD staff so much money (for example a Chief Technology Officer £796 a day really what a joke) then perhaps we would be able to fund the actual people (all branches of our armed forces) who are willing to sacrifice their lives and defend this country.
    Instead of cutting troops to cut the budget lets get rid of the free loaders or drastically reduce their wages.


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