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Royal Marines Train To Test For COVID-19

42 Commando receive specialist coronavirus training.

Royal Marines from 42 Commando have begun specialist training to test for COVID-19. 

The Marines, based at Bickleigh Barracks in Plymouth, are the first elements of the unit to receive the training. They will support testing teams across Devon and Cornwall, as well as the wider South West region, in the coming weeks.

The Commando Unit is normally responsible for global maritime operations for the Royal Navy. Their duties range from training overseas forces to catching drug smugglers in the Caribbean.  

Royal Marines receive COVID-19 testing training.
The Marines will join the fight against coronavirus across the South West of England.

Now they find themselves joining the UK's battle against the coronavirus.

Lieutenant Colonel Doug Pennefather, 42 Commando’s Commanding Officer, said they pride themselves “on being a rapidly deployable, adaptable force”.

He added: "The men and women within the unit are of exceptional quality and extremely motivated to help the country fight COVID-19. These are unprecedented times, but we are ready to help the local authorities in any way we can."

The military have been involved in the coronavirus response in a number of ways, including in the construction of NHS Nightingale hospitals around the country.

Armed Forces personnel are also driving ambulances so NHS staff can focus on frontline duties and delivering personal protective equipment to health workers.

Cover image: Royal Navy.