first published on February 20, 2019 by Josh
While conflicts and combat operations in regions such as Syria, Iraq, and Afghanistan continue to dwindle, partnered training is becoming more and more present throughout first world military super powers. Recently, we have seen American Marines training with Royal Marines and Norwegian Soldiers in extreme cold weather environments. We have also seen platoon exchanges happen at the Battalion level between Indonesia and the United States Marine Corps. Now, we are witnessing U.K. Royal Marines travelling to the United States to conduct live fire training at one of the most expansive and versatile military ground combat training centers on the entire planet.
Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center (MCAGC) Twentynine Palms, California is the largest installation owned by the United States Marine Corps. Coming in at a staggering 931.7 mi², it is home to one of the largest training areas in the entire United States of America. The size, and location of the base allows groups who train there to perform all sorts of military training. The training can ranging from small fire-team live fire maneuver operations all the way up to regimental offensive operations with live naval gun fire.
Bringing in the 45 Commando Royal Marines from the U.K. gives the unit the ability to conduct a wide range of operations that may not be available to them in their home country. They were invited to the Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center to take part in adversarial force on force operation as part of an American Marine’s primary Infantry Training Exercise (ITX), but while aboard the base they were afforded the option to take advantage of the many live fire training areas to conduct their own training operations.
The video you are about to watch was made by Lance Cpl. William Chockey during his embed with 45 Commando, and comes to us courtesy of the United States Marine Corps.