An action-packed commando raid on the west coast of Denmark brought the first stage of the UK’s Baltic deployment to a close as British Royal Marines and their Dutch counterparts waged a battle around the towns of Esbjerg and Varde taking on Danish troops…

The focus of the first phase of the deployment was meshing the different amphibious, naval, ground and air forces together in the western Baltic and eastern North Sea so they could work as one, seamlessly. Each nation’s helicopters and landing craft were tested, while the task group fired different weapon systems and practised defending itself from attack – practising skills that are the building blocks of amphibious warfare.

Royal Marines of 45 Commando and 30 Commando Information Exploitation Group, alongside Dutch, Danish and Norwegian allies, perfected helicopter raids, urban close quarters combat, the live firing of artillery and mortars, convoy and ambush tactics, and a dusk parachute drop. The training culminated in a spectacular night amphibious assault on a remote stretch of the Danish coastline.

“It’s been great working alongside the Danes, Dutch and Norwegians, during the first phase of the exercise. We are looking forward to working and training across the Baltic states with our other partners in the coming weeks,” said 29-year-old Captain Martin Harvey, second-in-command of around 100 men in X-Ray Company, 45 Commando.

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