40 Commando RM Jungle training in Malaysia
Please Credit : LA(PHOT) AJ MACLEOD / MOD
Pictured are Royal Marines from Charlie Company, 40 Commando Royal Marines, Jungle training in Malaysia.
The Commandos are working in both Brunei and Malaysia. Many have never been to the jungle before, reckoned to be the most arduous environment in the world to operate in. They are learning how to survive in the trees as well as undertaking training to enable them to dominate the jungle and gain specialist skills.
Jungle training began with a period of acclimatization, with the Commandos getting to grips with temperatures in the high 30s and humidity approaching 90%. Survival training taught them how to find water and foods, including what plants are edible or poisonous. Next it was into the jungle itself, sleeping in hammocks and trying to keep hydrated, before moving on to navigation and river crossings. A tactical phase of patrolling and reconnaissance then leads to exercises with the Bruneians and Malaysians, themselves experts in jungle warfare.
40 Commando are in the Far East as part of Taurus 09, the Royal Navy’s largest deployment in over a decade. For the Marines, the jungle training will culminate in a large exercise in Brunei, involving all Units of the Amphibious Task Force and bringing together air, sea, amphibious and jungle elements to demonstrate the Royal Navy’s ability to operate anywhere in the world.
CLEARED BY 40 CDO PRO, LT P NEWALL RN