As marines we are expected to be able to operate in any condition and climate and this was no exception.

Marine Dillon Wilde

Albanian Commandos joined the Royal Marines for the final part of the exercise – fighting their way through a network of trench systems that gave their colleagues acting as the enemy, plenty of opportunity to hide.

Marine Dillon Wilde, 21 of Delta Company said: "It has been tough, due to the mountainous terrain. As marines we are expected to be able to operate in any condition and climate and this was no exception.

"The attack went really well. We have had lots of new marines join straight from training so it was good that they have become an integral part of the troop."

While 40 Cdo were fighting their way through the submarine pens, Armoured Support Troop practised driving their Viking vehicles through the marshland terrain on the Albanian peninsula of Kepi I Pallit. The boggy environment gave the Royal Marines the perfect conditions to fully test the vehicle’s range of capabilities.

This was the final phase of Ex Albanian Lion which was the first major workout of the Royal Navy’s Response Force task Group (RFTG) while on their annual deployment called Cougar 14. 

This year Cougar 14 involves Fleet Flagship HMS Bulwark, Landing Platform Helicopter (LPH) HMS Ocean, the Lead Commando Group of 40 Commando, two Royal Fleet Auxiliary ships and a number of squadrons from the Fleet Air Arm.

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