News story: Royal Marines train on Salisbury Plain

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Ministry of Defence said:
The Royal Marines and personnel from Lithuania, Latvia, Sweden and the Netherlands all form the EU Battle Group (EUBG) which provides a military rapid response force. All these countries took part in the exercise which took place last week.
The EUBG is made up of an infantry battalion with additional combat support, combat service support, and enablers, totalling between 1,500 and 3,000 military personnel.
During the exercise, the EUBG personnel were faced with a number of scenarios including dealing with hostile action at a checkpoint and controlling a public disturbance.

Dr Andrew Murrison addresses troops on Salisbury Plain [Picture: Corporal Lu Scott, Crown copyright]Minister for International Security Strategy, Dr Andrew Murrison, who attended the exercise, said:
Our primary focus remains on delivering European capabilities through NATO, but the EU can have a very important role in taking on tasks that are not suitable for NATO.
The UK supports the EU’s complementary defence role and has consistently made it clear that we would like to see many of our European partners do more to generate greater deployable capability, whether that’s through mechanisms such as the EUBG or bilaterally through arrangements such as the UKNL [UK/Netherlands] Amphibious Force, which recently celebrated its 40th anniversary.
I found the capabilities demonstrated on Salisbury Plain deeply impressive. The EUBG is an adaptable and capable force and also an effective vehicle for improving the armed forces of member states. It is very clear that the militaries of the 5 contributing nations are at ease with one another and ready to deploy together if the need arises.
The UK supports the EUBG and our participation this year follows similar contributions in 2005 and 2008, when we provided battle groups on a UK national basis, and in 2010, when the battle group was based on the UKNL Amphibious Force.



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"...The UK supports the EU’s complementary defence role and has consistently made it clear that we would like to see many of our European partners do more to generate greater deployable capability..."

Is that the polite way of saying most Euro countries are as much as a chocolate fireguard?
 
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Thought there was something going on last week....

I see paras dropping from my bedroom window and my drive to work passes straight through the plain

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#8
Hmm, why does the rss always make stuff I've done seam exciting? All I did was sleep and do sanger duties at westdown / new zealand farm... Mind you, you should have seen some of the injuries the royals received from the Lithuanians from riot training!


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