Recently, as part of the Armed Forces Parliamentary Scheme (AFPS) I joined the Commando Littoral Response, 200 miles into the Arctic Circle in Norway.
Following this trip, I asked the Defence Ministers about the role of the Royal Marines and their role within NATO at this critical time at Defence Questions.
You can read the question and the answer:
With the armed forces parliamentary scheme, I have spent some time with the Commando littoral response force in the high Arctic, joining in their preparations for the forthcoming exercise “Cold Response”, which will involve 35,000 troops from 28 nations. Does my right hon. Friend agree that not only is that a show of NATO strength and unity, but the Royal Marine Commandos have shown themselves to be a valuable commodity, with skills in mountain, Arctic and amphibious warfare?
Answer (James Heappey MP):
First, I am grateful to my hon. Friend and to all colleagues who are part of the AFPS, which is a fantastic thing.
My hon. Friend is absolutely right that our involvement in that exercise is a demonstration of both how the Royal Marines are transforming and our commitment to NATO. It also shows the integrated review coming to life, because the littoral response groups in the High North and in the western Indian ocean are two of the key new innovations of that paper.
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