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Royal Marines

Royal Marines Practise Chemical Attack Response

Zulu Company from 45 Commando are now the designated first responders for any chemical, biological, radiological or nuclear incident.

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A Royal Marine taking part in Exercise Toxic Dagger (Picture: Royal Navy). 

Royal Marines have rehearsed their response to a chemical attack on British soil.

Nearly a year after Novichok was used with fatal results in Salisbury, Zulu Company from 45 Commando have learnt how to respond to further attacks.

The Arbroath-based unit are now the designated first boots on the ground for any chemical, biological, radiological or nuclear (CBRN) incident.

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A Royal Marine in a chemical factory as part of Exercise Toxic Dagger (Picture: Royal Navy).

The troops spent a week on Salisbury Plain being taught by personnel from the Defence Chemical Biological Radiological Nuclear Centre.

After that, they took part in Exercise Toxic Dagger, putting the theory they had learnt into practice.

The final assault saw pyrotechnic and electronic battle simulators used to make the exercise as realistic as possible.

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A Merlin taking part in Exercise Toxic Dagger (Picture: Royal Navy).

“The Royal Marines are high readiness troops who need to be able to react to all threats at short notice anywhere in the world,” said Zulu Company’s Lieutenant Oliver Crow.

“This is a very important skill for us to maintain in view of the current threat.”

“The recent attack on British soil highlighted the importance of this capability and it is more important than ever for us to be able to operate effectively in this environment should the need arise,” said Sergeant Ben Fail, who works for the Defence Chemical Biological Radiological Nuclear Centre.