Royal Marines Reservists head to Norway for Arctic warfare and survival training


Commando-trained Reservists with the Royal Marines in Bristol are off to Norway at the end of this month for a severe test of their endurance skills.

Royal Marine Reservists on a Cold Weather Warfare Course in Norway (© Crown copyright).

Royal Marine Reservists on a Cold Weather Warfare Course in Norway (© Crown copyright).

Led by Lieutenant-Colonel Richard Maltby, commanding officer of Royal Marines Reserve Bristol, the hand-picked group will join fellow-Reservists from Scotland, the North of England and the South East for a two-week exercise.

It is being conducted by the Regulars of 45 Commando, a Scottish-based commando unit.

The Cold Weather Warfare Course is designed to improve Reservists’ ski mobility before they move into the tactical phase where they learn to defend and hide their positions, as well as engage with the enemy.

RMR Bristol, which includes detachments at Poole, Plymouth, Cardiff and Lympstone, near Exeter, has a specialist amphibious landing role. It operates in support of Regular Royal Marines units, particularly in heavy weapons direct fire and anti-tank warfare.

Other specialisms include landing craft coxswains, media and information operators, physical training instructors, signals, drivers, Special Forces and civil-military co-operation.

Lieutenant-Colonel Maltby said: “We are now looking for a new tranche of recruits, who will undergo 14 months of training before they get the chance to claim their Green Beret as fully-fledged commandos

“The typical recruit will be aged 19-30, self-motivated with a sense of adventure. We have students, scientists, builders and agency workers in our ranks currently.”

For further information contact RMR Bristol on 01179 733 267 or visit .

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