Weather cancels Marines exercise

Chris Purcell, who was onboard HMS Sheffield.
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THE Royal Navy cancelled plans to launch an amphibious beach assault on Gosport this weekend because it was too windy.

Royal Marines in HMS Albion were due to storm the beach at Browndown Camp over the course of today and tomorrow.

But the forecast for gale force winds led to naval chiefs deciding to cancel the training exercise.

A Royal Navy spokesman said: ‘Because of the weather forecast for very strong winds in the Solent, there was a concern about deploying the landing craft in such severe conditions for a training exercise.’

HMS Albion was meant to conduct a series of amphibious exercises in the Solent in front of a gathering of MPs from the Armed Forces Parliamentary Scheme.

It would have been the first time Albion had trained in the Solent since becoming the fleet flagship in the wake of HMS Ark Royal’s departure.

The exercises were designed to bring marines from 40 Commando up to speed with conducting beach landings.

The Royal Navy spokesman said the training exercise will be rescheduled to take place later on in the year.

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