The following is a release from Cpl. Immanuel Johnson, Marine Corps Forces Europe:
U.S. Marines and sailors with Black Sea Rotational Force completed the final training evolution of an arctic-weather training package in Porsangmoen, Norway, Feb. 16-20, 2016.
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The arctic training was conducted by U.K. Royal Marine Commando Mountain Leaders and hosted by the Norwegian military to improve the U.S. Marine Corps’ capability to support their NATO Allies in extreme environments.
“The last three weeks we have been focusing on survival, mobility and the ability to operate and fight in an austere environment,” said Capt. Jonathan Blankenship, a company commander with BSRF. “The survival portion challenged the Marines because that transcends every operative environment.”
The Marines and sailors operate without their allied mountain guides during this last portion of the training to apply the cold-weather survival and mobility techniques they learned the past three weeks.
“It was my first time working with the U.K. Royal [Marine] Commandos in a foreign country,” said Cpl. Thomas Powers, a fire team leader with BSRF. “They helped us from the beginning, from getting our snowshoes on to operating on skis with our weapons.”
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Source:: Tactical Life