United States (bbabo.net), - UK Marines from the 40th and 47th Commandos recently completed a five-week deployment to the Pacific Islands, where they practiced jungle combat skills, reports today, January 23, UK Defense Journal .
The exercise, which was conducted more than 7,000 miles (11,200 km) from the British Marines' permanent bases, included patrols, reconnaissance missions and ambushes, during which they "honed and updated their methods of warfare in the jungle," the publication notes.
In addition to training in harsh climatic conditions, the troops of the 47th commando unit, based in Plymouth, also conducted landing training.
Training maneuvers included familiarization with small-sized US Marine Corps raiding vessels and reconnaissance training in Kaneohe Bay in the Hawaiian Islands both day and night.
“Under the cover of darkness, the Royal Marines ambushed the rainforests of the Hawaiian island of Oahu during an intense jungle exercise with the US Marine Corps,” the UK Department of Defense said in a statement.
The jungle training mission began at Camp Pendleton, the main U.S. Marine Corps military base on the US West Coast (San Diego County, California), where military personnel listened to lectures and exchanged methods and experience before proceeding with the deployment. The troops then traveled west to Oahu, where they participated in live firing and rainforest movement drills.
For some of the British commando marines, this was their first experience of combat operations in such conditions, the military department stressed.