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Royal Marines are taking part in the UK’s new mission to defend the Arctic.
The top gunner of a Viking Armoured oversnow vehicle of the Armoured Support Group of the Royal Marines. The unit is based at the Royal Norwegian Air Force Station Bardufoss, 200 miles inside of the Arctic Circle.
Arriving in January, Charlie Company have undergone the survival phase of the Cold Weather Warfare Course and are now conducting more tactical training ahead of exercises alongside NATO allies Norway and the US and NATO partner nations Sweden and Finland.
Being able to sustain yourself is half the battle in a region where temperatures can plummet to -30c.
“The temperature is something you’re fighting against all the time, but we have all the best kit, equipment and attitude to deal with it,” said Lance Corporal Sean Johns of 40 Commando.
The Royal Marines are the UK’s cold weather experts. They can trace their work in this area back to World War Two.
“Here we are maintaining and developing our warfighting skills in one of the world’s most extreme environments,” said Lieutenant Colonel Paul Maynard, Commanding Officer of 40 Commando Royal Marines..
“Working closely with our NATO allies, we are directly supporting the UK MOD’s new Arctic Strategy to provide regional reassurance and deter against aggression.”
The new Arctic Strategy, laid out by Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson in September last year, clearly puts this region at the forefront of UK security.
The presence of the commandos in Norway this winter has underlined that commitment to Europe’s northern flank.
Royal Marines, the experts in Cold Weather Fighting are at the forefront of Britain's commitment to the Far North of Norway.
Royal Marines Winter Deployment Norway 2019,
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