A crew of South West-based Royal Marines are training hard for a gruelling rowing challenge as part of their recovery and to raise charitable funds. The Royal Marines recovering from wounds, injury or illness - mostly sustained on operations with Taunton-based 40 Commando in Afghanistan last year - will be rowing the length of the Thames from Lechlade in Gloucestershire to … [Read more...] about Royal Marines Thames Challenge
South West-based Royal Marines of 30 Commando have carried out a successful operation in an insurgent stronghold of Helmand resulting in a substantial weapons find and a number of insurgents being detained. By the end of the operation, a number of IEDs, weapons and a large amount of bomb making material had been seized in a former insurgent stronghold which is being made … [Read more...] about Royal Marines and Afghans defy insurgent bomb-makers
Royal Naval medical personnel have been completing training in North Devon for operations in Afghanistan. In contrast to the heat and terrain they will be coping with in Afghanistan, more than 200 medics enduring freezing wind and rain at Royal Marine Base Chivenor on realistic training. Members of the Close Support Medical Regiment, taken from Royal Naval and Army units … [Read more...] about Royal Naval medical personnel training for front-line
This week 3rd Battalion The Rifles officially transferred responsibility and command of the Sangin area of operations to 40 Commando Royal Marines. Over the last few weeks, Royal Marine Commandos and attached Ranks have been arriving in Forward Operating Base (FOB) Jackson, in the Sangin region of Helmand province. They have been receiving comprehensive handovers from their … [Read more...] about 40 Commando Royal Marines take over authority of Sangin
Over 110 Army Commando Engineers from Devon have returned home after a demanding six month tour in Helmand - helping supporting Coalition and Afghan forces in southern Afghanistan. The unit is the first major 3 Commando Brigade unit to return home early this morning to the United Kingdom and the soldiers were welcomed home late last night to their Chivenor barracks after … [Read more...] about South West Commando Engineers Return Home after Helping Rebuild Helmand
Plymouth-based 42 Commando and joint forces have hit the ground running on arrival in Kandahar Province, Afghanistan, achieving early successes engaging Taliban forces. 42 Cdo RM has undertaken the role of Regional Battle Group South, working directly for the Regional Command (South) HQ in Kandahar . They are the regional task force right across southern Afghanistan , taking … [Read more...] about South West Royal Marines in Afghanistan.
Today at Headquarters Task Force Helmand in Lashkar Gah, Southern Afghanistan, a ceremony was held to mark the transfer of authority between 16 Air Assault Brigade and Plymouth-based 3 Commando Brigade. During their six-month tour, 16 Air Assault Brigade took part in one of the most significant operations in Helmand province since British troops have been deployed to … [Read more...] about 3 Commando Brigade take control from 16 Air Assault Brigade in Southern Afghanistan