ROARING up the beach in an amphibious landing craft, members of 3 Commando Brigade Royal Marines proved they were up to the task of taking part in Exercise Corsican Lion.
They were training alongside their French counterparts, practising amphibious landings on the Solenzaro Beach in Corsica.
More than 3,000 British sailors, marines and airmen took part in the exercise, based onboard Portsmouth’s HMS Bulwark and HMS Illustrious, as well as HMS Montrose, HMS Northumberland and RFA Mounts Bay.
The exercise tests the maritime element of the Combined Joint Expeditionary Force, and sees how effectively the armed forces from both countries can work together and combine their communications and equipment.
The Marines, led by Brigadier Martin Smith, make up the Lead Commando Group, whose skills are currently being put to the test.
Though its main objective is to prove Britain and France can work together, the CJEF could be deployed anywhere in the world at ultra short notice if events unfold quickly, such as the civil war in Libya in February last year.
Brigadier Smith said: ‘It is an incredibly versatile force and our burgeoning interoperability with the French further proves this.
‘The quality of Royal Marines Commandos and French Marines delivers a highly effective first response capability which is optimised for early entry operations.’