For a fortnight the men of W Company, 45 Commando Royal Marines have been taking to the air in style.
They are working with their counterparts in the US Marine Corps’ Special Purpose Marine Air Ground Task Force (A) which is currently operating from HMS Ocean’s flightdeck with MV-22 Osprey aircraft.
Marine Fowler, of 1 Troop W Company, said: “Working with the US Marine Corps has been a very beneficial experience as we’ve been able to work with them and learn a bit about how they operate. From rations in the field to the M16 assault rifle we’ve been able to get hands on and up close with the equipment they use, and rely on, as have they with us.
“We’ve always had a close relationship and this exercise is allowing us to strengthen this bond. The MV-22 Osprey is certainly a battle winning asset, able to take us deep behind enemy lines. It was also a great laugh getting thrown around in the back.”
The MV-22 Osprey is the primary assault support aircraft for the US Marine Corps.
It is unique in that it uses two engines positioned on fixed wing tips that rotate to allow the MV-22 to land and take off vertically; it can fly further and faster than a helicopter with up to 24 personnel onboard.