Commandos of 1 Assault Group Royal Marines (1AGRM) are honing their tight formation skills in the ice-filled fjords of northern Norway, say the Royal Navy.
According to a statement:
“As part of preparations, 539 Assault Squadron of Plymouth-based 1AGRM tore through the water at close proximity at speeds of up to 50mph, refining their ability to spearhead amphibious attacks in freezing conditions on their specialist Offshore Raiding Craft (ORC).
This is vital training in their newly upgraded craft, ensuring coxswains are acclimatised to the unique surroundings of the fjords before taking Royal Marines into the heart of combat in up-coming seaborne raids.”.
Corporal Ryan Joslin, ORC Section Commander, said in the release:
“It’s great getting myself and the rest of the lads used to a completely new environment. We’re typically used to operating the craft in milder climates, which presents different challenges for the craft and coxswains.
Since being upgraded, this is the first time we’ve had a chance to use the new engines in extreme cold weather and they’ve handled it perfectly so far. This, mixed with the incredible scenery is making every trip out in the water, as cold as it is, pretty special.
Floating ice can be hard to spot and poses risks to the craft. It’s the first time I’ve personally manoeuvred a boat section through an area of surface ice and had to overcome the challenges it presents.”