Brothers in arms

Two Dorset brothers were recently reunited thousands of miles away from their home.

PO (Phot) Carl Osmond, Royal Navy photographer, and Marine Toby Osmond, both from Lulworth Cove in Dorset, found themselves working alongside each other in the Mojave Desert on Exercise Black Alligator.

Marine Toby Osmond is part of J company in Plymouth based 42 Commando. He is deployed to the desert for two months where he will take part in various training exercises. 

PO Carl Osmond was deployed for a week as part of the Royal Navy's Mobile News Team to cover the exercise through video and stills photography.

They were reunited on the Close Quarter Battle range during a training exercise.

We are often deployed at different times so we don't get to see each other as much as we'd like to

PO (Phot) Carl Osmond, Royal Navy photographer

Carl said "It was great to see my little brother - but not great to see he had a better tan than me. We are often deployed at different times so we don't get to see each other as much as we'd like to."

Toby said "I am looking forward to the final Exercise, we will be attacking a town of over 1,000 buildings. And of course San Diego for a Hoofing run ashore and some surfing too".

Carl added "Our other brother Marine Jason Osmond, the least best looking, is currently on board HMS Ocean and looking forward to being a driver at CTCRM". 

Exercise Black Alligator will continue until October 2015. Next year, 42 Commando will take over the nation’s high readiness Lead Commando Group – a contingency force able to deploy anywhere in the world at very short notice.

Find out more about this exercise at Black Alligator 2015

Images taken by LA(Phot) Joel Rouse.