Dawn raid for trainee officers
AS DAWN broke the future officers of the Royal Marines launched their final assault on Tregantle Fort.
Having left Devonport dockyard by landing craft in the early hours, the Young Officers scaled the cliff face before the enemy opened fire just after 4am.
They cleared through the inner fort and the assault continued into the morning.
It followed a series of landing exercises focusing on the commandos amphibious capabilities.
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The 40 men are now more than half way through their training to pass out as Royal Marines Officers.
This 'attack' was the end of a three week exercise, 'Crash Action' timed to finish ahead of the commando tests.
Second Lieutenant, Jack Roper, from Mannamead, said: "The first few days before Crash Action we were kept on 30 minutes notice to move and had our phones taken off us which we expected.
"We did a lot of yomping over Dartmoor and there was a feeling of relief to get through it uninjured."
The 22-year-old, who went to Devonport High School for Boys, added: "To me this has been about reaffirming what we have already done and hold our own with men we have been commanding as opposed to some novice officer who doesn't know what to do.
"It's great to be at this stage after 32 weeks of hard work."
The previous weeks were spent over Dartmoor and in Lulworth where they entered a survival phase before moving to Plymouth for the final attack.