Royal Marine from 45 Commando uses small drone during patrol exercises in Brecon Beacons 121020 CREDIT Royal navy.jpg
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Royal Marines Use Drones During Training Mission

The drones gathered real-time footage and fed it back to tablets that the marines used to study areas of interest.

Royal Marine from 45 Commando uses small drone during patrol exercises in Brecon Beacons 121020 CREDIT Royal navy.jpg

Royal Marines have used small drones during their patrol training missions in Wales.

Mortar Troop were tested in Future Commando Force (FCF) small-team tactics during a five-day exercise ahead of their deployment to the Arctic.

The Royal Marines from 45 Commando used small drones to help with decision-making on the patrols at the Sennybridge Training Area (SENTA), in the Brecon Beacons.

"This has been the first opportunity for the marines to incorporate drone and ATAK [Android Tactical Assault Kit] navigation devices into their training," Colour Sergeant Jonathan Mosley explained.

"The response was very good. I’m really pleased with what we achieved."

Marines used the small drones to receive real-time footage back to their ATAK, which is a tablet that provides useful information for navigation and awareness.

The information gathered thanks to the drones were used to acquire better understanding when it came to reconnaissance and patrolling during the training missions.

The Commandos used the tablets to study locations and assess the land using the footage fed by the drones.

Royal Marines from 45 Commando during patrol exercises in Brecon Beacons 121020 CREDIT Royal Navy.jpg
The small drones to help with decision-making during the exercise in the Brecon Beacons (Picture: Royal Navy).

The five-day exercise tested the marines’ patrol skills while also seeing how new pieces of kit can be used to complement traditional skills.

"Incorporation of cutting-edge technology not only complemented our basic soldiering skills, but really added another dimension and provided a good insight into what we can expect as we develop the FCF concept," Sergeant Ash St-Hill said.

Mortar Troop are now preparing for mountain training in Scotland, where they will be joined by the rest of 45 Commando.

Together, they will build-up their skills ahead of their annual winter deployment to Norway.

Cover image: A Royal Marine from 45 Commando operates a small drone during the patrol training mission (Picture: Royal Navy).