Green Dragon gave us the opportunity to understand the sustainment requirements for any task 3 Commando Brigade gives us

Lt Col David Nicholson RM, Commanding Officer CLR

Recovery and repair teams, er, recovered and repaired vehicles which suffered mishaps - no matter how large.

Jackal off-road vehicles scoured the rolling terrain of the British Army's most famous exercise area - lengthy supply lines have to be protected.

And two heavily-guarded convoys of vehicles - combat logistics patrols in modern military parlance - rumbled across the plain from the rear to the fighting front.

Vehicle mechanics worked around the clock to keep motors running… and those motors powered the supply chain to move rations, clothing, ammunition and fuel around the plain.

To give added realism to the training, a detachment from Alpha Company 40 Commando, a Merlin helicopter from 846 Naval Air Squadron - the wings of the Royal Marines - which acted as an airborne ambulance, flew reconnaissance missions and carried equipment around the battlefield in huge nets slung beneath the aircraft.

Just for good measure, the exercise gave the RAF (Tactical Supply Wing) and Army (13 Air Assault Support Regiment) the chance to test their logistical support in the field, making Green Dragon a very useful workout indeed for all participants.

"Green Dragon gave us the opportunity to understand the sustainment requirements for any task 3 Commando Brigade gives us and ensured that the brigade is confident that its logistics task group is capable of delivering the support and sustainment required for those tasks," said Lieutenant Colonel David Nicholson RM, Commanding Officer CLR.

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