Exercise Commando Strike
Between the 4th and 20th of October 2007, a force of 120 Royal Marines Reserves (RMR) Commandos will take part in Exercise Commando Strike on the Falkland Islands.
Exercise Commando Strike is a series of training exercises designed to prepare the RMR for operational deployment to Afghanistan and Iraq.
The training will consist of 2 phases:
- a yomp from San Carlos, where 3 Commando Brigade established it's main bridgehead during the 1982 Falklands Campaign, to a live firing range at Onion Camp
- a live firing package featuring 81mm mortars and GPMGs, culminating in a company-level attack
The RMR has carried out previous training exercises in the jungles of Sierra Leone and the snow fields of Norway. The Royal Marines Reserves is made up of civilian volunteers who have gone through the same training as their regular counterparts. The reservists frequently deploy and fight alongside regular RM Commandos. Reservists have in recent times operated in Afghanistan and Iraq.
Royal Marines return to the Falklands
(UK MOD Press Release)