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Royal Marines train alongside Norwegian stealth corvette

4th February 2020 - 12:30 GMT | by The Shephard News Team


Royal Marines taking part in Arctic training in Norway have carried out an exercise alongside a Norwegian stealth missile ship.

The exercise in the fjords of northern Norway saw marines of Plymouth-based 47 Commando, the small boat raiding specialists of 3 Commando Brigade, work closely with Norwegian counterparts and their stealth corvette.

Commandos were dropped ashore by the Skjold class corvette, which has a low radar signature and anti-ship missiles. Once ashore, a reconnaissance team was tasked with securing a keying landing point, allowing for resupply to flow through a contested area.

The commandos moved into position, securing the area and coordinating an offshore raiding craft and Vikings from Armoured Support Group to provide protection as the Norwegian corvette moved in.

Once alongside and secure, the Commando Logistics Regiment (CLR) brought forward vital supplies to replenish the corvette and prepare it for further tasking.

Captain Jack Denniss, Operations Officer of 539 Raiding Squadron, said: ‘The range, stealth and firepower of the corvette aligns perfectly with the Future Commando Force operating model that the Royal Marines are moving towards.

‘This exercise has been a good example of the flexibility offered by 3 Commando Brigade. One of the unique strengths of CLR is their ability to sustain both brigade assets and allied forces in extreme conditions, without the presence of any major infrastructure.’

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