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Royal Marines Mission In Somalia Revealed


The Daily Mail has reported on a mission, in July, by Royal Marines Commandos in Somalia. According to the newspaper, Royal Marines with 539 Assault Squadron landed in the lawless country in order to escort a tribal leader to an important meeting with MI6 and Foreign Office staff aboard a nearby ship.

A small team of Royal Marines came ashore via a LCVP landing craft launched from RFA Cardigan Bay, which delivered 2 Viking APCs. The Vikings took the Commandos inland, where they picked up the tribal leader and returned with him for the planned rendezvous.

British maritime forces in the region have been engaged in an ongoing campaign against piracy and the Al-Shabaab terror group. The Special Boat Service has reportedly been carrying out surveillance operations along the Somali coastline. Royal Marines aboard Royal Navy and Royal Fleet Auxiliary vessels have been intercepting pirate vessels, with 3 such reported incidents in recent weeks.

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