Plymouth Royal Marines hand over test report for Swedish landing craft.
AMPHIBIOUS skills and know how have been shared between the Royal Marines and their Swedish counterparts.
The two parties toured the new centre of amphibious specialists at Royal Marines Tamar in HM Naval Base Devonport.
The most recent joint project has been the trialling of Swedish naval fast patrol boats – the Combat Boat 90 (CB90), by the Royal Marines who have had them on loan since 2011.
Colonel Garth Manger, commanding officer of 1 Assault Group Royal Marines, said: "The Royal Marines are hugely in debt to the Swedish Navy for lending us four of their CB90 Assault Craft.
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"We have been able to test the CB90 in a wide variety of coastal condition. In doing so we have learnt a great deal about the type of craft that we need both to support the Royal Navy in providing force protection to the fleet, but also in looking for a replacement for one of our assault craft. The CB90 is a great craft and we will be sorry to see them go back home."
The Swedish delegation was headed by Rear Admiral Andreas Olsson. The aim of the visit was to reciprocate the continued goodwill expressed by Sweden over the course of the loan and to provide an insight into the United Kingdom's amphibious capability.
The UK has enjoyed the loan of the craft since 2011, while the Swedish Armed Forces have the loan of two Royal Marine Offshore Raiding Craft.
To mark the occasion a regimental dinner was also held at the Commando Forces Officers Mess at Royal Marine Barracks Stonehouse.