bmmheadBournemouth Air Festival 1st September 2013

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Every year the Royal Navy and Royal Marines simulate an armed
beach assault to recapture hostages from terrorists.
Again, this year did not disappoint.
Royal Marines Museum
HMS Northumberland
is duty guard ship
with a Merlin on the helideck
  The Commando
assault begins
  HMS Northumberland
gets ready to launch
her Merlin
The "hostages" are
held captive on the
  The Marines
approach cautiously
and open fire

The Merlin leaves
Northumberland to
give assistance

More Marines
attack the beach
  A gun battle ensues
on the "terrorist's"
captured vessel
  HMS Northumberland
fires in support
Royal Navy
Agusta Westland
AW 101 111
Merlin HM.1
gives assistance
  Merlin on approach
to the beach with
HMS Northumberland
  HMS Blyth (M111)
with HMS Smiter (P272) approach
the beach
The "hostages" have
been freed and are
being guarded by their
  HMS Smiter (P272)
ready to help
  HMS Blyth (M111)
gets in position
HMS Smiter (P272)
picks up her marines
  Merlin over the
aft end of
HMS Northumberland
  The "hostages" are taken away to
The Merlin returns to
HMS Northumberland
        Royal Marines
BvS10 Viking
mopping up any resistance
Again, a very impressive display of the expertise and power of the Corps.
Always ready to go anywhere and bring the battle to the enemy.
"Per Mare, Per Terram"

Royal Marines Museum