This image might look like a real-life assault on a enemy position, but it was in fact taken during the opening stages of an annual training exercise.

This image might look like a real-life assault on a enemy position, but it was in fact taken during the opening stages of an annual training exercise.


Hundreds of commandos landed on the shores of Albania during Exercise Albanian Lion – one of the first drills of Exercise Cougar 2014.

The Royal Marines were taken ashore from Devonport-based Royal Navy flagship HMS Bulwark, as well as Plymouth helicopter carrier HMS Ocean, and the support ship Royal Fleet Auxiliary Lyme Bay, all operating in the Adriatic Sea off Albanian.

More than 600 Royal Marines – including Plymouth’s 4 Assault Squadron Royal Marines, 539 Assault Squadron Royal Marines and some normally based at Stonehouse Barracks – as well as 1,500 sailors, soldiers and airman are involved in this year’s Exercise Cougar.

The servicemen and women are training in the Mediterranean, Red Sea, Arabian Gulf and Horn of Africa alongside a host of other nations.

Cougar 14 is the annual deployment of elements of the UK’s high readiness maritime Response Force Task Group (RFTG).

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