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Royal Marines are taking part in the UK’s new mission to defend the Arctic.
Offshore Raiding Craft carrying Norwegian Army Soldiers speeding through the Gratangen Fjord.
539 Assault Squadron are part of 1 Assault Group Royal Marines (1AGRM) and during the winter deployment are based at the fjords around Hellarbogen, around 50 miles south of Bardufoss, which is 200 miles north of the Arctic Circle.
1AGRM are the Corps’ specialists in amphibious warfare based at RM Tamar in Devonport Naval Base.
Sixteen boats are in the high north – six Offshore Raiding Craft, eight Inshore Raiding Craft and two Landing Craft Vehicle Personnel.
The craft are a rapid means of manoeuvring personnel into combat and are key in bringing the fire and fury of the Royal Marines to the frontline via seaborne assaults.
The amphibious assault specialists have recently taken delivery of upgraded Offshore Raiding Craft (ORC) and have been practising their tight formation skills in the ice-filled fjord.
As part of preparations, they tore through the water at close proximity at speeds of up to 50mph, refining their ability to spearhead amphibious attacks in freezing conditions.
It is no easy task piloting the ORCs through an area of surface ice – especially at high speed, making these run outs in the waters around Hellarbogen, Norway, essential.
“It’s great getting myself and the rest of the lads used to a completely new environment,” said Corporal Ryan Joslin, ORC Section Commander.
Royal Marines Winter Deployment Norway 2019,
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