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||Argonaut 00 42 CDO RM
ARGONAUT 2000 is the second deployment of the Amphibious Ready Group (ARG) this year, with the first seeing 42 CDO RM in Sierra Leone on Operation Palliser. In light of the previous deployment an its dramatic change in direction on leaving Marseilles the Commando Group sailed from the UK on 15 Sep 00 with an air of expectation and on a path familiar to all of those who served in Sierra Leone. The Commando deployed on four ships, HMS OCEAN, HMS FEARLESS, RFA SIR BEDIVERE AND RFA SIR GALLAHAD. K Company deployed a week earlier, flying to the Ukraine for EX Cossack step-they then met up with RFA SIR GALLAHAD and sailed to join the rest of the ARG in Crete.
The first stop was Gibralter for a five day Wader Exercise, shaking out the companies and practising the basics ensuring that Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) became second nature. Training included beach assaults, fast roping drills and abseil stances. Maximum use was made of the facilities available on Gibralter and once again it reinforced the importance of "The Rock" as astop off point on the way into the Mediterranean. A long phase at sea broken up by a port visit to Crete saw the Commando off the coast of Turkey at Izmir, ready for the start of Exercise Destined Glory-a three week NATO exercise with elements from Turkey, Greece, Spain, Italy, USA and UK forces.
Exercise Destined Glory comprised of three phases;the first of company level training utilising the training are to reinforce and build on was practised in Gibralter. This phase culminlated in a 36 Hour Commando Field Training Exercise (FTX), allowing the Commando main element along with the Ecelons to shake out and prepare for the NATO FTX. The second phase was a four day "opposed transit" with all elements of the ARG and other nations shipping.
Phase three -the NATO FTX-a sequenced deep air and surface assaults, on positions upto 75 KM in land.
Pictured:K COY SET AN AMBUSH DURING THE COMBAT ENHANCEMENT PHASE.
||LT WHITE 42 CDO PRO
||Please pass to:HQRM for LT COL DUVALL,NAVY NEWS,GLOBE & LAUREL,DCC(N)
||LT WHITE 42 CDO RM PRO
||LA(PHOT) ROB HARDING
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