Royal Marines in the Mojave Desert During Exercise Black Alligator

Royal Marines in the Mojave Desert During Exercise Black Alligator
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Royal Marines with 40 Commando Group take up a position in the Mojave Desert in California, USA during Exercise Black Alligator.

With nearly 1,000 squares miles of barren, sun scorched desert landscape in which to train, Royal Marines have launched themselves into Exercise Black Alligator.

Hundreds of Green Berets from 40 Commando Group have made the journey across the Atlantic to hone their war fighting skills in California’s Mojave Desert, an area that provides excellent training opportunities the likes of which are not available in the UK.

Black Alligator has just kicked off at the US Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Centre in Twentynine Palms. Over the course of several weeks the Commando Group will: undertake live firing with heavy machine guns and mortars; perfect their urban combat drills; and conduct a Battlegroup sized live fire Commando raid, whilst working side-by-side with their US and Dutch colleagues.

Next year will see the men of 40 Cdo take over the nation’s high readiness Lead Commando Group – a contingency force able to deploy anywhere in the world at very short notice – so training and validation of this nature is vital to ensure their combat readiness.

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