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    A Royal Marine who served in Iraq and Afghanistan has led a series of beach assault exercises with his Brazilian counterparts off the coast of Rio de Janeiro - the first time on this scale.

    Royal Marines and Brazilian Marines
    landing on a beach in Brazil

    Lieutenant Colonel Neil Wraith oversaw the dynamic drills that involved hundreds of Brazilian Marines and Royal Marines from the Royal Navy's amphibious helicopter carrier HMS Ocean fast roping from helicopters and using landing craft.

    In just a few days the Brazilian Marines and naval pilots were trained in how to carry out amphibious drills with their British counterparts, including flying helicopters to a small island near Rio and going ashore using landing craft.

    Once on the island, both British and Brazilian personnel shared their experiences - the British told of work in Iraq and Afghanistan, the Brazilians of providing security in Haiti.

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    Last edited by RoyalGreenJacket; 16 September 2010, 14:40.

    ...Once a Rifleman - Always a Rifleman... Celer et Audax

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  • #2

    he looks like a fightey kinda chap
    I knew a simple soldier boy.....
    Who grinned at life in empty joy,
    Slept soundly through the lonesome dark,
    And whistled early with the lark.

    In winter trenches, cowed and glum,
    With crumps and lice and lack of rum,
    He put a bullet through his brain.
    And no one spoke of him again.

    You smug-faced crowds with kindling eye
    Who cheer when soldier lads march by,
    Sneak home and pray you'll never know
    The hell where youth and laughter go.


    • #3
      It must have something to do with this:

      Sept 14/10: Britain and Brazil sign a Defence Cooperation Agreement, which includes an “assured warship procurement package” of BAE Systems’ Type 26/GCS frigates and its 90m blue-water Ocean Patrol Vessels. If Brazil joins early, they can even influence the Type 26/27’s design. BAE Systems’ Managing Director for the West, Dean McCumiskey:

      “This [package] is based on proven and versatile ship designs and includes an invitation to become an international partner in our new Global Combat Ship programme. If BAE Systems is selected to support Brazil’s ambitious naval re-equipment programme, the ships we develop will be built at a partner shipyard in Brazil, with maximum content sourced from the wider Brazilian industry.”

      The opportunity to provide maintenance etc. for the ships’ 20-30 year lifespan might be even more significant than the order itself. BAE can expect competition from DCNS’ FREMM frigates first and foremost, as well as other contenders like the Dutch Sigma family. The fact that all of Brazil’s current frigates are British designs (6 Niteroi Class, 3 Type 22) may work in BAE’s favor.

      "When you arise in the morning, think of what a precious privilege it is to be alive - to breathe, to think, to enjoy, to love."

      Marcus Aurelius Roman Emperor (161 to 180 A.D.)


      • #4
        you are probably right LordJJ - plenty of back scratching to be done at all levels on trips like this.

        we train a few Marines, they buy a few ships - sweet.

        ...Once a Rifleman - Always a Rifleman... Celer et Audax

        The Rifles