The land rover has been one of the most enduring and versatile platforms for military and law enforcement task-execution. They were a staple of the Jamaican forces from 1962 to 1990. I cut my teeth on a standard 109 in 1982, the forerunner to the 110 config in this pic. One significant use of these units in the Jamaica Constabulary was the stripping down of the 88s in some of our crime ridden divisions for our QRUs or Special Squads. They were called 'jump-outs' by the populace and in their heyday were the most 'feared' of special crime units. They were in fact, the most facile in quick insertion and deployment and despite the sparse metal cover, carried strong psychological advantages which enhanced the deterrent factor of these units. The more successful units were very rarely or never 'messed with'. The more notable of these were 'Primus' at Kingston Western (which includes Tivoli Gardens); 'Serpico' at St Andrew South; the Raiding Squad of the Mobile Reserve; and the somewhat lesser known 'Jump-Out' in St Thomas of which I was a member from 1982 to squad leader in 1993. The standard arms carried by these personnel began in the 1970s with the S&W .38 Special and British Sterling SMG; then Browning Hi-Power 9mm and Sterling SMG; then since 1981 the Browning HP and the Colt M16A1 and later included the Standard and Mini Uzi SMG, then the Colt M16A2 up to 1990 by which these squads had been phased out when Commissioner Thompson declared them 'Renegade Squads'. Just a little bit of Jamaican LE history. Sorry I can't supply any pics.
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Bravo Company, 40 Commando Royal Marines on patrol in Afghanistan
Images taken on patrol with Bravo Company, 40 Commando Royal Marines,in the vacinity of Torghai, Narh-e-Saraj, Central Helmand, Afghanistan on the 14 and 15 Dec 12. The patrol was conducted to disrupt insurgent activity in the surrounding area.
All Photos: LA(Phot) Rhys O'Leary, 40 Commando Royal Marines Unit Photographer - Crown Copyright 2012
If you are doing alot of vehicle based Ops I think it is pretty damn handy. Any additional protection from IEDs for the meat and potatoes is a good thing.
How much of a hinderance is it doing foot patrols?
Is it comfortable wearing that... I'm not sure what it is but looks like kevlar briefs? Any idea why the UK opted for that and not the nut-flap as seen with the US?
The nut flap is solid armour where as the diaper is part of a 2 layer system the idea of the 1 st layer to stop dust and dirt getting your balls dirty so surgeons dont need to snip them off the diaper is to provide a bit more protection from the blast and shrapnel. The way they are designed you attach them to your belt and can roll it up at the back then if the threat goes up you can pull it into place and crack on. They are hot to wear but not that uncomfortable.
The yank marines were being issued brit ones on H13.
Good to see antennas now coming in a sensible colour and the new lightweight daysight being fielded.