The Royal Marines have deployed to Norway for their annual winter deployment in the Arctic Circle. This year, Royal Navy ships joined the Royal Marines for a large-scale NATO exercise Cold Response 22. The Commandos refreshed their skills in surviving, moving, and fighting across the ice. Above you see a Commando emerge from the freezing depths of an Arctic fjord during final preparations for the largest winter exercise in Norway for 30 years. Below you can see them fighting in a cloud of gunsmoke.
ROYAL MARINES WINTER DEPLOYMENT 2022 Pictured are the Shore Reconnaissance Team (SRT) from 30 Commando’s Surveillance and Reconnaissance Squadron (SRS) conducting beach surveys to and live firing during Winter Deployment 22. SRT carried out a covert swim insertion from ship to shore utilising the Inflatable Raiding Craft (IRC) to carry out critical beach reconnaissance deep inside the Arctic Circle. The team then conducted live break contact drills once ashore on the beaches of Ramsund. These drills enable the small teams to disengage rapidly from enemy forces and regain their covert posture. Royal Marines have deployed to Northern Norway to carry out their annual winter deployment in the Arctic Circle. Commandos will refresh skills in surviving, moving, and fighting across the ice. This year, Royal Navy ships will join Royal Marines for the large-scale NATO exercise Cold Response 22. This takes place in March and April with 28 nations and a total of 35,000 troops already committed to attending the exercise.
An Offshore Raiding Craft (ORC), equipped with 50 calibre machine guns and General-Purpose Machine Guns.
Pictured are Commando Forces conducting break contact drills on skis during Winter Deployment 22. Ski mobility is essential for Commando Forces as troops are able to cover vast distances on the training area and can then break contact swiftly on skis in preparation for Ex Cold Response 22.
Notice the exhausts of these Skjold-Class corvettes of the Royal Norwegian Navy in Sorreisa, Norway.
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Source: The Royal Navy