The UK’s Royal Marines Reserve Units have participated in Exercise Commando Phoenix, which is one of the largest reserve forces field firing exercises held at Sennelager Training Area, Germany.
Exercise Commando Phoenix, which saw 100 reservists hone their skills, aims to improve upon tactical training held in the UK over the past year.
Marines used 13 rifles during the exercise, and live firing ranges included individual close-quarters battle, and large-scale assaults with sustained bursts of fire from standard and heavy machine-guns, providing support.
Royal Marine Reserve Bristol commanding officer lieutenant colonel Richard Maltby said: "Ex Commando Phoenix is an excellent opportunity for Royal Marines Reserve ranks to refresh their live firing skills.
"The ranges in Sennelager provide an ideal training ground from which the reservists, from across all four Royal Marines Reserve Units, can demonstrate their professional application of soldiering skills and commando spirit.
"It has been a really good exercise and I look forward to making next years exercise even more challenging."
The exercise, which will be held again in October 2016, ensured the reservists were fully ready for deployment and also marked the end of Phase II training for many ranks.
The training also helps personnel enhance battlefield skills for potential deployment with 3 Commando Brigade.
RMR Mersey marine Edward Reid said: "Ex Commando Phoenix has provided reservists of all different levels of experience a great opportunity to finely tune their field firing skills.
"The combination of expert coaching from the training team and use of range facilities, that simply aren’t available in the UK, has made this exercise a resounding success."
Image: Royal Marines in action at Exercise Commando Phoenix at Sennelager Training Area in Germany. Photo: courtesy of Royal Navy.