first published on February 12, 2019 by Josh
Operation White Claymore is a bi-lateral cold weather training exercise led by British Royal Marines from the United Kingdom. The primary objective of the training is to teach and mentor service members in the completion of complex military operations in extreme cold weather environments. Together, U.S. and Royal Marines train side by side in order to enhance strategic cooperation and partnership between the two nations.
One of the hallmark training events of the exercise is ice breaking day. Lead by experienced instructors, Marines are dropped through the ice into freezing water with their pack, skis, and ski poles. They are then expected to remain calm in the freezing waters while conducting a self rescue from below the ice. This is an essential part of the training, and teaches the Marines that through proper techniques they can overcome their body’s natural reaction to sub-zero temperatures with mental fortitude alone.
The video below comes to us courtesy of Marine Rotational Force Europe and Spc. Arrian Matos