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Commandos take beach in assault exercise

By Western Morning News  |  Posted: October 05, 2012

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Dozens of Royal Marines raided a South West beach refining their covert landing drills ahead of a major naval deployment.

The exercise, co-ordinated from 539 Assault Squadron's base in Turnchapel, Plymouth, saw the commandos rehearse "cross deck" movements, transferring from large landing craft utilities to smaller offshore raiding craft.

Barnpool beach, near Mount Batten, was the target for the green berets – some of whom were fresh out of training.

They were closely watched by senior Navy and Royal Marine officers as they stormed the shore in small troops.

Speaking from the beach, Commodore Paddy McAlpine, Commander United Kingdom Task Group, said: "There is no better place to be than out here seeing the landing skills of the Royal Marines.

"We have to train 365 days of the year, the Navy always trains; we are taking a task group to the Mediterranean and we are doing some preliminary training next week."

The marines will take part in a spectacular assault in Cornwall later next week before leaving British waters for the Mediterranean.

From there, it is planned that they will work with the French navy as part of the Combined Expeditionary Force.

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