Royal Marines specialists in defending in opposition to assaults from the air destroyed ‘enemy’ air superiority throughout a five-day battle throughout the Mojave Desert. Air Defence Troop of Plymouth-based 30 Commando Data Exploitation Group deployed to California to emphasize take a look at new ways as a part of the commando component of the newly-formed Littoral Response Group (South). The brand new response group will concentrate on world occasions east of the Suez Canal when it turns into operational subsequent 12 months with the addition of amphibious ships and plane.

It’s all centred round 40 Commando however specialists from round 3 Commando Brigade additionally bolt onto the response group so as to add to its punch, from artillery to armour. Air Defence Troop are a part of 30 Commando, the eyes and ears of three Commando Brigade who had been fashioned within the Second World Battle by a group of Naval Intelligence Officers (together with Ian Fleming, creator of the James Bond novels). The troop is made up of 53 marines geared up with excessive velocity missiles and light-weight surface-to-air missiles who defend their commando brethren from enemy air assault on land and round coastlines.


They prepared the ground in UK Defence of their space of experience and are embracing new methods of working to counter the threats of a contemporary period. Together with working with their counterparts from the US Marines’ 2nd and third Low Altitude Air Defence Battalions, Air Defence Troop had been tasked with defending allied forces throughout a five-day ‘battle’ within the desert which noticed commandos work with forces from the Netherlands, United Arab Emirates, Canada and the USA to defend three city sprawls from their adversary, made up of US Marines.

Royal Marines Air Defence Troop of 30 Commando in motion within the desert

It was the finale of two months of workout routines, often called Inexperienced Dagger, which sharpened the commandos for operations subsequent 12 months at one of many largest army coaching amenities on the earth on the huge US Marine Corps coaching facility at Twentynine Palms. Air Defence Troop had been fed intelligence that their ‘enemy’ had been prone to strike exhausting and quick with their air superiority, utilizing Tremendous Cobra assault helicopters, Osprey tiltrotors and Sea Stallion helicopters. The troop had three groups fastidiously deployed in positions throughout the battlefield, ‘destroying’ three Tremendous Cobras and a Sea Stallion within the first few hours of the train.

The commandos – with small groups deployed throughout a large space – continued to have success, hitting helicopters within the mock battle but additionally convoys with surface-to-surface missiles. They trialled the MRZR car for his or her functions too. The American-made Polaris MRZR-D4 is an ultralight 4×4 off-roader that may carry as much as 4 commandos and attain speeds of 60mph for fast motion throughout the battlefield. It’s ideally geared up for raiding missions that Royal Marines are actually specializing in as a part of their modernisation and restructuring, which can guarantee they’re able to counter the threats of a contemporary period. Air Defence used the car to maintain transferring into positions and hamper ‘enemy’ efforts, ultimately forcing them to alter ways with air superiority misplaced. The troop additionally helped Charlie Firm of 40 Commando take a key place and foiled a counter-attack by their ‘enemy’ and fascinating two extra Tremendous Cobra helicopters.

Royal Marines Air Defence Troop of 30 Commando in action in the desert
Royal Marines Air Defence Troop of 30 Commando in motion within the desert