(Picture: 40 Commando Royal Marines/Twitter).
Arctic/Antarctic

Defence Secretary Takes On Royal Marines Ice Breaking Drill

Gavin Williamson took on the drill while visiting personnel in Norway.

(Picture: 40 Commando Royal Marines/Twitter).

Gavin Williamson took on the ice breaking challenge (Picture: 40 Commando Royal Marines/Twitter).

The Defence Secretary has swapped the comforts of the Houses of Parliament for some Arctic military training in Norway. 

Visiting Royal Marines deployed to Norway, Gavin Williamson took on the ice breaking challenge - one of the many tests personnel are put through while in the Arctic Circle.

Royal Marines and sailors have been in the country enhancing their Arctic capability during Exercise Clockwork, undergoing extreme weather training at Bardufoss in Norway where temperatures can fall to lows of -30°c.

The Commando Helicopter Force (CHF) and Joint Helicopter Command have been deploying there for 50 years.

Last week, Prince Harry, the General Captain Royal Marines, visited personnel deployed in Norway, getting up close and personal inside a quincy.

(Picture: 40 Commando Royal Marines/Twitter).
The ice breaking test is one of the many tests personnel are put through while in the Arctic Circle (Picture: 40 Commando Royal Marines/Twitter).

With rising sea temperatures, the Arctic is becoming more and more accessible for warships and submarines which is becoming a focus for the Ministry of Defence (MOD).

The MOD has confirmed thousands of Royal Marines every year will be deployed to Norway for the specialist training over the next decade.

The Defence Secretary has previously accused Russia of staking a claim in the region, militarising its frozen expanses as rising sea temperatures make accessibility easier.

There are concerns Russia will seek to exploit melting ice in the Arctic Circle, but the country, which has its own military base in the region, has said there is "no potential for conflict" there.

Norway is on the Arctic frontier with Russia, sharing a 122-mile border with its neighbours.

(Picture: 40 Commando Royal Marines/Twitter).
The Defence Secretary swapped the comforts of the Houses of Parliament for some Arctic training (Picture: 40 Commando Royal Marines/Twitter).