Marines train for heat of battle
A CITY serviceman has spoken of a gruelling Royal Marines training exercise currently taking place in the Californian desert.
Hundreds of Marines from Bickleigh-based 42 Commando are in the United States for the intensive six-week live fire exercise.
Teenager Ben Vessey, of 5 Troop, K Company, said: "I'm looking forward to gaining some experience, learning how to clear compounds and use different weapon systems."
The 18-year-old former Coombe Dean School and City College Plymouth student only recently joined the unit from the Royal Marines training centre at Lympstone.
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City Marines have also been carrying out section attacks, modern urban combat training and close quarter battle drills – all in temperatures of more than 30 degrees Celsius and with the added risk of resident tarantulas.
Twentynine Palms, two hours from Los Angeles in the Mojave Desert, is America's largest military exercise area.