The British Royal Marines have participated in Exercise Green Dragon across Salisbury Plain in England in order to test their battlefield logistics capabilities.
Approximately one-third of the Commando Logistics Regiment (CLR) decamped from its base at Chivenor in North Devon to undergo trials relating to life-saving, as well as the sustenance and support of 3 Commando Brigade during both peace or war time.
The Royal Marines' CLR currently consists of roughly 780 personnel, and Exercise Green Dragon was conducted to help the marines determine whether the unit is suitable for deployment on the front line.
CLR commanding officer lieutenant colonel David Nicholson RM said: “Green Dragon gave us the opportunity to understand the sustainment requirements for any task 3 Commando Brigade gives us, and ensured that the brigade is confident that its logistics task group is capable of delivering the support and sustainment required for those tasks.”
The exercise validated every aspect of the regiment and also involved participation of 73 'prime movers', which are heavy plants and trucks moving around the plain.
The tankers carried 35,000l of diesel, which was enough to fill the tanks of approximately 650 family cars, and a 40,000l fuel dump was established to fill the Merlin helicopter.
A battlefield sick bay was also arranged for surgeons to carry out surgery on severely wounded personnel.
Additionally, two heavily guarded convoys of vehicles moved across the plain from the rear to the fighting front, while vehicle mechanics worked to keep motors operational so they could be used to power the supply chain and move rations, clothing, ammunition and fuel around the region.
The exercise also enabled the Royal Air Force’s (RAF) Tactical Supply Wing and Royal Army’s 13 Air Assault Support Regiment to test their logistical support capabilities in the field.
Image: A Merlin helicopter. Photo: courtesy of Royal Navy.