Proud fathers and sons have a taste of life as a Royal Marine

Commandos of Plymouth based 42 Commando had the rare opportunity to welcome their family and friends into the workplace to have a taste of life as a Royal Marine.

Proud fathers and sons of serving Royal Marines were invited to the camp at Bickleigh Barracks for an insight into their relatives’ careers as members of the elite Commando Unit.

Throughout the day they had the opportunity abseil using military techniques, fire assault rifles and learn some of the survival techniques which allow the Marines to operate for extended periods of time in some of the harshest climates in the world.

WO2 ‘Nige’ Perkins said: “This has been a great opportunity for the Officers, Warrant Officers and senior members of 42 Commando to share a memorable day at the Unit with their close family members.”

This has been a great opportunity for the Officers, Warrant Officers and senior members of 42 Commando to share a memorable day at the Unit with their close family members.

WO2 ‘Nige’ Perkins

He added: “The highlight of the day came in the evening with a formal Regimental Dinner in our respective messes. The festivities went into the early hours and the guests clearly had an unforgettable day.”

During the evening dinner those present were lucky enough to be entertained with a performance of ‘Beating the Retreat’ from Her Majesty’s Royal Marines Band, Plymouth.

The ceremonial beating of the drums dates back to the 16th century when it was used to recall patrolling units to their base.

42 Commando Royal Marines are one of three elite battalion-sized units which make up the global punch of 3 Commando Brigade.

The Commando is currently training hard in key areas such as Cold Weather Warfare, Urban Combat and Jungle Warfare as it prepares to take over as the UK’s primary deployable Royal Marine Unit.