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    The Infantry Training Centre at Catterick is used to select and train future Para's. This album contains photos of some of the selection and training being carried out there.
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    The Log Race on P Coy. A team event with 8 individuals carrying a 60kg log over a distance of 1.9 miles' undulating terrain.


    The Log Race on P Coy. A team event with 8 individuals carrying a 60kg log over a distance of 1.9 miles' undulating terrain.


    Log Race. A team event with 8 soldiers carrying a 60 kg log using rope handles, over a distance of 1.9 miles over undulating terrain.


    Stretcher Race. The final event of Test Week. Teams of 16 soldiers take turns carrying a 175 pound stretcher over a distance of 5 miles.


    Steeplechase. An individual test with candidates running against the clock over a 1.8 mile cross country course. The course features a number of 'water obstacles' and having completed the cross country element, candidates must negotiate and 'Assault Course' to complete the test.


    Trainasium. The Trainasium is an 'Aerial Confidence Course' which is unique to 'P' Company. In order to assess his suitability for military parachuting, the Trainasium tests the ability to overcome fear and carry out simple activities and instructions above ground level. The event is a straight PASS/FAIL.


    Trainasium. The Trainasium is an 'Aerial Confidence Course' which is unique to 'P' Company. In order to assess his suitability for military parachuting, the Trainasium tests the ability to overcome fear and carry out simple activities and instructions above ground level. The event is a straight PASS/FAIL.


    Trainasium. The Trainasium is an 'Aerial Confidence Course' which is unique to 'P' Company. In order to assess his suitability for military parachuting, the Trainasium tests the ability to overcome fear and carry out simple activities and instructions above ground level. The event is a straight PASS/FAIL.


    Milling. 60 seconds of 'controlled physical aggression' against an opponent of similar height and weight. This is not boxing. Blows can only be aimed at the head and ducking/weaving is not permitted. A display of moral courage, aggression, guts and determination is required.


    Milling is the final event of P Coy Test Week is 60 seconds of 'controlled physical aggression' against an opponent of similar height and weight.


    The result of milling during P Coy. Milling is the final event of Test Week is 60 seconds of 'controlled physical aggression' against an opponent of similar height and weight.

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    Parachute Regiment Recruits during their Basic training in Arnhem Platoon at Infantry Training Centre Catterick during a live fire training exerciseat[FONT=&quot] [/FONT]Otterburn. - 2013

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    Quote Originally Posted by vor033 View Post
    Glad to see that Royal hasn't been infected by this stupid sleeves down at all times crap like the pongoes.

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    I bet you some of the troops involved in this nonsense are going through it with clenched teeth, given that alot of them will have come from areas of the country and communities who were most vulnerable to her policies and their devastating effects, if not suffering themselves, they will have seen the effects on their mums and dads at the time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Royal View Post
    Glad to see that Royal hasn't been infected by this stupid sleeves down at all times crap like the pongoes.
    Or wearing it untucked.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ZiggyMac View Post
    I bet you some of the troops involved in this nonsense are going through it with clenched teeth, given that alot of them will have come from areas of the country and communities who were most vulnerable to her policies and their devastating effects, if not suffering themselves, they will have seen the effects on their mums and dads at the time.
    Not the sort of task you get "****ed" for so i doubt very much they are doing it with clenched teeth.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ZiggyMac View Post
    I bet you some of the troops involved in this nonsense are going through it with clenched teeth, given that alot of them will have come from areas of the country and communities who were most vulnerable to her policies and their devastating effects, if not suffering themselves, they will have seen the effects on their mums and dads at the time.
    Or alternatively, many will feel a great honour, carrying the body of a leader who did so much to strengthen and embolden the institutions they are there to represent.
    I very much doubt there's a single one of them who isn't honoured to be there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Royal View Post
    Glad to see that Royal hasn't been infected by this stupid sleeves down at all times crap like the pongoes.
    See alot of booties in the C95 style shirt too. They're like ****ng gold dust in the army, so I've no idea how they've come to have so many.
    We still seem to be waiting for a proper decision on what QRs will say on dress going forward, it's a mess now. For instance, my regimental dress regs stipulates shirts to be tucked, and sleeves rolled, while bde and div regs stipulate that we wear it yank style. I can see barrack dress making a comeback in the next few years.

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    Quote Originally Posted by happyslapper View Post
    Or alternatively, many will feel a great honour, carrying the body of a leader who did so much to strengthen and embolden the institutions they are there to represent.
    You mean like that waste of space John Knot, she appointed as defence secretary at the time, who was just about to butcher the navy, until Argentina came to the rescue?

    Like all politicians, she talked tough on defence, but wasn't really prepared to put the money where their mouths are.

    That's just as true today as it was in the 1980's.

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    Exercise Joint Warrior - 42 Commando Royal Marines is participating in Exercise Joint Warrior. Over the next two weeks this Plymouth based unit of 650 marines will be conducting amphibious operations from HMS Illustrious, HMS Bulwark and the Dutch ship HNLMS Rotterdam, landing into South West Scotland and moving over 100km inland. This exercise will validate 42 Commando as the immediate readiness Commando Unit, providing the teeth for the 1800 strong lead Commando Group. This group includes a command element, helicopters, small boats and logistic support, to conduct contingent operations around the world. 42 Commando will retain this readiness for the next 12 months and expect to deploy, with the lead Commando Group, on Operation Cougar in the latter part of 2013. Major David Ethell, Second in Command of 42 Commando Royal Marines said, "This exercise presents an opportunity for all of our capabilities to come together. 42 Commando Royal Marines has spent much of the last of the last 12 months preparing for the lead Commando role both alone and with supporting elements. This is the first time we will get to exercise all aspects of the lead Commando Group within a well-constructed scenario, in testing exercise conditions against a credible adversary.”

    For further information, contact the Unit Press Officer (Lt Jim Norcott RN) via the Chief Clerk (3cdox-42cdorm-chief clerk-FMS12@mod.uk)

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    Wet Waders on HMS ILLUSTRIOUS Today 11 April 2013 Marines from 42 Commando took part in wet waders. This involves getting armed up and donning Bergan’s in the Hangar and then using the lift to be transported to the flight deck where they board a Sea King for a circuit of the ship before returning and doing it again. CROWN COPYRIGHT

    Wet Waders on HMS ILLUSTRIOUS Today 11 April 2013 Marines from 42 Commando took part in wet waders. This involves getting armed up and donning Bergan’s in the Hangar and then using the lift to be transported to the flight deck where they board a Sea King for a circuit of the ship before returning and doing it again. CROWN COPYRIGHT

    Wet Waders on HMS ILLUSTRIOUS Today 11 April 2013 Marines from 42 Commando took part in wet waders. This involves getting armed up and donning Bergan’s in the Hangar and then using the lift to be transported to the flight deck where they board a Sea King for a circuit of the ship before returning and doing it again. CROWN COPYRIGHT

    Wet Waders on HMS ILLUSTRIOUS Today 11 April 2013 Marines from 42 Commando took part in wet waders. This involves getting armed up and donning Bergan’s in the Hangar and then using the lift to be transported to the flight deck where they board a Sea King for a circuit of the ship before returning and doing it again. CROWN COPYRIGHT

    Wet Waders on HMS ILLUSTRIOUS Today 11 April 2013 Marines from 42 Commando took part in wet waders. This involves getting armed up and donning Bergan’s in the Hangar and then using the lift to be transported to the flight deck where they board a Sea King for a circuit of the ship before returning and doing it again. CROWN COPYRIGHT

    Hands to Assault Stations!!! Today HMS ILLUSTRIOUS went to Assault stations so the embarked Royal Marines could go ashore to practice war fighting on the Scottish coast. While the serial only lasted a couple of hours everyone made a massive effort to make sure everything went smoothly and was a success. Most of the action onbaord today happened in the Hangar with the Royal Marine Commandos getting ready to leave. CROWN COPYRIGHT

    Hands to Assault Stations!!! Today HMS ILLUSTRIOUS went to Assault stations so the embarked Royal Marines could go ashore to practice war fighting on the Scottish coast. While the serial only lasted a couple of hours everyone made a massive effort to make sure everything went smoothly and was a success. Most of the action onbaord today happened in the Hangar with the Royal Marine Commandos getting ready to leave. CROWN COPYRIGHT

    Boarding stations on HMS ILLUSTRIOUS. Today 13 April 2013 HMS ILLUSTRIOUS practiced boarding herself to prepare members of the boarding team for the real thing. Part of the exercise involved going to the Admirals bridge and searching the "Captain" of the vessel. Pictured here are members of the team in the seaboat, preparing to board Illustrious. CROWN COPYRIGHT

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    Hands To Assault Stations HMS Illustrious is currently operating off the East Coast of Scotland, preparing to take part in Exercise Joint Warrior. As part of the pre-exercise preparations, Royal Marines from 42 Commando took part in an assault ashore this afternoon. They were projected ashore by Chinook helicopters from 27 Squadron, Royal Air Force. The Marines prepare their equipment and muster in the ships cavernous hangar, before being led onto the aircraft lift and taken up to the flight deck, boarding the waiting aircraft. CROWN COPYRIGHT


    Hands To Assault Stations HMS Illustrious is currently operating off the East Coast of Scotland, preparing to take part in Exercise Joint Warrior. As part of the pre-exercise preparations, Royal Marines from 42 Commando took part in an assault ashore this afternoon. They were projected ashore by Chinook helicopters from 27 Squadron, Royal Air Force. The Marines prepare their equipment and muster in the ships cavernous hangar, before being led onto the aircraft lift and taken up to the flight deck, boarding the waiting aircraft. CROWN COPYRIGHT


    Hands To Assault Stations HMS Illustrious is currently operating off the East Coast of Scotland, preparing to take part in Exercise Joint Warrior. As part of the pre-exercise preparations, Royal Marines from 42 Commando took part in an assault ashore this afternoon. They were projected ashore by Chinook helicopters from 27 Squadron, Royal Air Force. The Marines prepare their equipment and muster in the ships cavernous hangar, before being led onto the aircraft lift and taken up to the flight deck, boarding the waiting aircraft. CROWN COPYRIGHT

    Hands To Assault Stations HMS Illustrious is currently operating off the East Coast of Scotland, preparing to take part in Exercise Joint Warrior. As part of the pre-exercise preparations, Royal Marines from 42 Commando took part in an assault ashore this afternoon. They were projected ashore by Chinook helicopters from 27 Squadron, Royal Air Force. The Marines prepare their equipment and muster in the ships cavernous hangar, before being led onto the aircraft lift and taken up to the flight deck, boarding the waiting aircraft. CROWN COPYRIGHT

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    JW is in full progress here at Lossiemouth, or rather it would be if we weren't being subjected to winds gusting 60mph+ with sand-storms. I haven't seen/heard any aircraft movements since a French Navy Atlantique launched early this morning.

    It's a complete red-out around the air base at present.

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    Elements of 2 PARA and 4 PARA recently took part in Ex Blue Sabre April 2013 - All images are by Craig Allen























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    [FONT=&amp]In a spectacular display, the 10 personnel of the Surveillance and Reconnaissance Squadron (SRS) jumped from 600ft into Galloway, Scotland as part of Exercise Joint Warrior.[/FONT]

    [FONT=&amp]An element of the Lead Commando Group, SRS are a Pre Landing Force that seek a covert entry into enemy territory ahead of the main force to send back intelligence from the ground.[/FONT][FONT=&amp] The first ever parachute insert as part of Exercise Joint Warrior – the team are practising their core capability as the Marines regenerate their amphibious skills as oppose to the land effort used in Afghanistan.[/FONT]

    [FONT=&amp]One of the SRS Troop Commanders Captain Matt Hills said:[/FONT]

    [FONT=&amp]“As the lead element of the landing force we need to insert, covertly, by a number of different methods including boat, vehicle and parachute.[/FONT]
    [FONT=&amp]“It is vital we maintain our parachute capability in order to be as flexible as possible across a broad range of potential reconnaissance tasks.”[/FONT]

    [FONT=&amp]SRS come under the command of 30 Commando Information Exploitation Group whose role is to collect and understand information on an area prior to the arrival of the main 3 Commando Brigade force elements.[/FONT][FONT=&amp]This ranges from finding enemy force dispositions to understanding the topography, key infrastructure and the population.[/FONT]

    [FONT=&amp]Commanding Officer of 30 Commando Information Exploitation Group, Lieutenant Colonel Chris Middleton MBE said:[/FONT]

    [FONT=&amp]“Collecting and analysing key information to enable Lead Commando Group operations is a challenging task that is normally conducted under significant time pressure.[/FONT]
    [FONT=&amp]“Exercise Joint Warrior enables us to test our reconnaissance capabilities and our analysis skills in a demanding, contemporary scenario. Using our ability to parachute reconnaissance teams ahead of the main force is key in maximising the time available to collect the information we need.” [/FONT]

    [FONT=&amp]The Lead Commando Group are currently on Exercise Joint Warrior and are based on a number of British warships including HMS Bulwark and HMS Illustrious.[/FONT]

    [FONT=&amp]The twice-yearly exercise is the largest one yet and involves Royal Navy, Royal Marines, Army and RAF personnel working alongside forces from the Netherlands, Canada, France, Denmark, Belgium, Norway, Poland, Sweden and Germany.[/FONT]

    [FONT=&amp]There are more than 30 warships, 40 fixed wing aircraft and 30 helicopters involved in the war games that will see them all being put to the test as part of a Response Force Task Group which can deploy across the globe in the event of rapidly unfolding crises such as Libya in 2011.[/FONT]

    [FONT=&amp]More than a dozen Royal Navy ships and submarines are involved in the exercise which will take place off the East and West Coasts of Scotland for the next fortnight.
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