US Marine Corps rebuffs report Royal Marines ‘dominated’ in training exercise

During a Marine Corps exercise at Twentynine Palms, the Daily Telegraph reported that the United States Marine Corps requested a ‘reset’ after the British defeated them halfway through a mock battle five-day trip to Twentynine Palms.

The publication wrote that the Royal Marines 40 Commando “towered over” the US troops and forced them into a humiliating surrender midway through the exercise.

According to a spokesperson for the US Marine Corps, however, this is incorrect.

“‘The winners’ are never determined,” Captain Zachary Colvin, director of communications and strategy for the Marine Air Ground Combat Center, told the Military Times in a statement. “This exercise does not provide an opportunity to ‘surrender’, ‘keep the score’ or ‘reset’. The goal of the exercise is to increase the performance of the unit and increase readiness. “

During the training, Marines from the 2nd Battalions, 5th and 7th Marines participated alongside British, Canadian, Dutch and United Arab Emirates forces, according to Colvin.

“During this exercise, a US Marine Regiment augmented by subordinate units formed an adversarial force to actively challenge and test a US Marine Regiment,” Colvin added. “This training opportunity has increased the combat readiness and interoperability of the United States Marine Corps with multinational forces. Exercise scenarios are adjusted as needed to help commanders meet training goals.

For the Royal Marines, the five-day exercise which took place October 25-30 marked a success for its new Coastal Strike Group, which UK defense officials say will prove to be a agile and adaptive force around which its future commando force will be built.

“Our success has proven that the new concept of a commando force is deadlier and more sophisticated than ever and I am extremely proud of every member of the LRG and their vital contributions,” said Lt. Col. Andy Dow, commander of 40 Commando. The telegraph of the day.

Rob Lee, doctoral student in the Department of War Studies at Kings College, tweeted that the British publications that spread the story undermine the value of these types of training events.

“These kinds of tabloid articles (no one has surrendered and 40 Commandos have been associated with US Navy units) are the kind of thing that threatens future US-UK exercises, which are beneficial to both sides. “, he wrote. “They also misunderstand the purpose of these exercises.”

Colvin noted that the exercise was one of many Allied simulations performed by the US Marines.

“The exercise took place in a free-play environment designed to stress commanders, learn lessons and allow participants to improve their ability to conduct offensive and defensive operations, and adapt to changes on the field. battle, ”he added.

Sarah Sicard is editor-in-chief at the Military Times. Previously, she was digital editor of the Military Times and editor of the Army Times. Other work can be found in National Defense Magazine, Task & Purpose, and Defense News.