Marine team trains Angolan military in maritime tactics

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ROYAL Marines from a Portsmouth-based frigate have helped train up an African military.

The Royal Marine Boarding Team from HMS Lancaster and six US marines led a three-day training programme for teams from the Angolan Fusiliers and the country’s Special Operations Squadron.

They were taught boarding tactics, close quarter battle, patrolling and medical skills.RMBT officer in charge Captain Harry Mallalieu said: ‘It was a pleasure to work alongside the Angolan military and to share our collective knowledge and experiences of maritime operations and tactics.’

Lieutenant Kristan Volk from the US Marine team said: ‘Training alongside fellow marines was a pleasure as always and we look forward to conducting future training engagements as we move along the west coast of Africa. The US Marine Corps and the Royal Marines have a great history of working together in a wide variety of environments and this was a great opportunity to renew those ties.’

The US team has now joined Lancaster for the next month as she continues her South Atlantic deployment.

Warrant Officer Neil Hill and Leading Engineering Technician Jason Comerford visited the 5th June Primary School in the borough of Catumbela and found it in an awful condition.

The ship’s company raised more than £160 to pay for electrical supplies at the school and also donated caps, notebooks, pens and chocolate while the British Embassy provided new football kits.

The ship’s engineering department then visited the school to carry out repairs.