Royal Marines of 1 Assault Group Royal Marines (1AGRM) will soon be “storming through the fjords of Norway”, say the Ministry of Defence.
1AGRM’s 539 Assault Squadron Royal Marines and their raiding and landing craft are readying themselves for war games in Norway.
In total according to a release, six Offshore Raiding Craft, eight Inshore Raiding Craft and two Landing Craft Vehicle Personnel – having been loaded in the UK and transported by MV Hurst Point to Norway.
These craft give 539 ASRM the capacity to deliver a company and more of Royal Marines.
“As the UK’s riverine warfare specialists, 539 Assault Squadron Royal Marines (ASRM) has to perform in every environment in which the Royal Marines may be called to operate,” said Major Matt Baylis, Officer Commanding 539 ASRM.
“Dissected by enormous fjords, and with temperatures dropping as low as -40°c, the arctic region of northern Norway offers unique challenges to the Royal Marines Landing Craft and their Crews. Manoeuvre from the sea is a key component of the Marines’ skillset, and the geography of this region means that our raiding craft can offer troops unparalleled access to NATO’s northern flank.
Over the coming weeks, the Commandos of 539 ASRM will refresh their extreme cold weather skills, ensuring the amphibious manoeuvre of the Royal Marines.”
1AGRM’s deployment to the region is essential in ensuring the amphibious mobility of the Royal Marines in the Arctic environment, say the MoD.