149 Troop Training Diary – Week 25
Week 25 of Royal Marine Recrui training was dominated by Amphibious training in RM Poole. On the Monday we received a brief from the SBS, which was really interesting and got everyone considering specialisations after training. The next couple of days were occupied by amphibious training with the Landing Craft. The weather was cold but the time spent on the Landing Craft was really enjoyable. We particularly enjoyed the cross decking from LCVPs to ORCs.
After the amphibious phase we moved to Portsmouth to conduct Sea Survival training. The training was interesting and gave us an idea of what it might be like to be deployed on a ship. The Troop then paid a visit to the RM museum which was really interesting and brought all of our Corps history lessons to life.
On Friday we conducted a Light Machine Gun (LMG) introduction shoot. It was exciting to fire a new weapons system. The LMG certainly packs a punch and is obviously a good force multiplier within a Close Combat Section. The Troop enjoyed a weekend’s leave and we had a chance to bond with the new members of the Troop prior to Exercise FINAL THRUST.