A Blackhawk helicopter extracts Special Air Service Regiment (SASR) troops from the bulk carrier Double Providence after the successful completion of training as part of Exercise IRON MOON. IRON MOON enhanced the ADF’s maritime counter-terrorism capability (MCT) through rehearsing maritime interdiction and recovery operations off North West Australia.
The training was conducted together with the Australian Federal Police and supported by several state and federal government organisations to enhance inter-agency security response skills.
Arabian Gulf (July 22, 2004) – Capt. Anthony Kurta, Commander, Destroyer Squadron Two Four (COMDESRON 24), observes the boarding procedures demonstrated by the British Royal Marines aboard HMS Somerset (F 82).
U.S. Navy Photograph by PH2 (NAO/SW) Michael Sandberg
Fleet Combat Camera, Atlantic
U.S. Airmen with the 23rd Special Tactics Squadron and U.S. Army with the 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment (Airborne) teamed up for personnel recovery training utilizing alternate infiltration and exfiltration training on Wynnehaven Beach, Fla., April 9, 2013. The 160th SOAR, also known as “Night Stalkers”, is a special operations force of the U.S. Army that provides helicopter aviation support for general purpose and special operations forces. The 23rd STS primary task is to integrate, synchronize, and control the elements of air and space power in their areas of operations.
(U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Christopher Callaway)
Royal Marines based on the deployed warship HMS Monmouth have been practising their ship-boarding skills to combat pirates and smugglers.
Among the ship’s company of HMS Monmouth is a detachment of Royal Marines from 43 Commando Fleet Protection Group, based at HM Naval Base Clyde, Faslane. The Marines are vital for HMS Monmouth’s tasking at sea, and one of their major roles is conducting boarding missions against suspected pirates and smugglers. To hone these skills they used their time on land to visit a specialist ‘Ship-in-a-Box’ facility owned by the US Coast Guard in Bahrain.
Royal Marines during a walkthrough of the ‘Ship-in-a-Box’ facility in Bahrain
This company’s booth wasn’t actually manned when I stopped by, nor did they have any marketing literature in the booth.
But they did have this poster for this rather spiffy looking range of special purpose boats…