Royal Marines 'humiliate' US forces in training exercise

Royal Marines 'humiliate' US forces in training exercise

Royal Marines commandos force US troops into a humiliating surrender just days into mass training exercise in Mojave desert

  • American combatants asked for a ‘reset’ halfway through a five-day simulated war exercise in California
  • The Royal Marines’ ‘kill board’ had a tick against nearly all the American assets at one point
  • The British forces achieved their victory by targeting the American headquarters and equipment

Royal Marines ‘dominated’ US forces just days into a training exercise after eliminating nearly their whole unit. 

American combatants asked for a ‘reset’ halfway through a five-day simulated war exercise at the US Marine Corps’ Twentynine Palms base in the Mojave Desert in southern California, having taken significant casualties from British commandos using a new battle structure, The Telegraph reports. 

The Marines’ ‘kill board’, which assesses damage done to enemy assets, had a tick against nearly all American assets at one point, meaning it had been rendered inoperable or destroyed.  

British forces were trialling the new Littoral Response Group (LRG) structure, which will be the new template for commandos – who are to become more flexible and mobile under reforms directed by First Sea Lord, Admiral Sir Tony Radakin.  

Royal Marines ‘dominated’ US forces just days into a training exercise after eliminating nearly their whole unit. Pictured: A Royal Marines commando training in exercise Green Dagger at the US Marine Corps’ Twentynine Palms base in the Mojave Desert in southern California

The Marines’ ‘kill board’, which assesses damage done to enemy assets, had a tick against nearly all American assets at one point, meaning it had been rendered inoperable or destroyed

Exercise Green Dagger is designed to test the US Marine Corps prior to units deploying overseas, covers more than 3,500 square kilometres of mountainous and desert terrain

Exercise Green Dagger, designed to test the US Marine Corps prior to units deploying overseas, covers more than 3,500 square kilometres of mountainous and desert terrain, including urban settings where actors, who are not following a script, play civilians who can choose to help or hinder the military forces. 

The Royal Marines trained with counterparts from the US, Canada, UAE and the Netherlands in the weeks before the main exercise. 

The British forces achieved their victory by targeting the American headquarters and equipment, severely hampering the ability of US combatants to launch counter-attacks.

Artillery units also concentrated on eliminating vehicles and opposing artillery. 

A long-range commando assault with fighter jet support eventually defeated the American forces, who had launched a last-minute attack but were repelled.

The Royal Marines held more than 65 per cent of the training area, having begun with less than 20 per cent. 

Following the restructuring of the Marines, Nato’s northern and Baltic flanks will be covered by the UK-based LRG (North). 

LRG (South), built around Taunton-based 40 Commando, will be based afloat around Oman’s port of Duqm, operating with a focus on British military activity in the Indo-Pacific.

Each LRG will be capable of working with the carrier strike group to assemble an expeditionary strike force which can operate anywhere in the world.

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