Surface Assault & Training Group Marines on the skis in Tromsø

Ski's are very suitable for a rapid movement in an arctic environment. That's why it's essential that Marines keep the necessary skiing skills at the level. Under the leadership of experienced military ski instructors (MSIs), continuous training was given to the conti (this is the name for marines who have previously completed winter training).
On the slopes of the Tromsø Alpinpark, the technical skills of descent were trained. A widely used descent technique at the Corps is telemark. This is a descent technique where only the front foot is connected to the ski, plus shoes that are flexible in the front foot. It is characteristic that both legs are bent separately and further than in the normal skiing, with the inner leg shifting backwards and the heel releases from the ski. This technique is used to maintain more control over the skis during a heavy-pack descent.

ce Breaking Drill - an ice cold marine tradition
The Ice Breaking Drill exercise is a permanent part of the Arctic Movement & Survival Training (AMST). The Ice Breaking Drill prepares Marines for how to act when they unexpectedly end up in a wak.
With a backpack half on the shoulder and on ′′ Laplanders ′′ the men plowed into the wall one by one. Controlled breathing is vital here, because the body suffers a shock, which tends to hyperventilate.
Once in the wak they have to work the backpack on the ice and lift themselves out of the wak using ski sticks. After this they roll through the snow so that a large portion of the moisture is removed. Following this, the Marines will change wet and ice-cold clothing with a dry set of clothing that has been packed in their backpack by default. Every Marine has to take the Ice Breaking Drill to complete the AMST. The support staff who wants to perform this drill is also invited to do the Ice Breaking Drill.

lways, everywhere and under the harshest conditions
On Wednesday 10 February there was a safety exercise in the area of Alkmaar from the Special Interventions (DSI) of the National Police and the Netherlands Special Operations Force (NLMARSOF) of the
Koninklijke Marine
. The aim of this type of exercises is to be able to respond quickly and adequately to national threats regarding gross violence & terror.
Minister of Defence Ank Bijleveld experienced a large part of this exercise during her working visit to the Unit Intervention Marines (NLMARSOF). After receiving from the Commander of the Marine Corps, Brigadier General Jan Hut and the Commander of
NLMARSOF, lieutenant colonel Jan Willem van Dijk, the minister joined UIM operators with an emergency drive from Amsterdam to Alkmaar. After the scenarios of this safety exercise, there was an informative maintenance with the operators present.
Special units of the DSI and NLMARSOF are ready 24/7 to respond to these threats. Despite the Corona crisis, these special units of Defense and National Police should continue to do this task, to be ready to protect the Netherlands if necessary.

New NFP gear

Is it just me or does the old camouflage look better? I think the under armor shits has a blue hue to it and I don't see a nice micro and macro pattern. Just a micro pattern that becomes a blob on distance. The old DPM does a better job IMHO. The NFP Multitone for the gear does a much better job and I actually like this pattern more than the NFP green.

Guess I have to see it in real life as picture can sometimes distort colors a bit.
Morning gang!

Back in 2015 I visited the National Military Museum where a green C8 with plastic handguards (not RAS) with a weird light that folded round the front sight post was on display. IIRC it belonged to Marco Kroon. Yet an image is nowhere to be found, only of Kroonś later C8 with KAC rails and surefire light that is attached to the FSP... Im slowly beginning to wonder if my mind made all it up... anyone got any info?
Korps Mariniers Arctic Warfare Training (AWT) Norway
The Recce Sniper Troop and the Anti Armour Troop of 1st Marine Combat Group practiced in Norwegian Blåtind at a live-firm training ground during the 2021 Joint Arctic Training (JAT). The Anti Armour Troop practiced firing the Panzerfaust. The marked rocks at the top of the mountain acted as a target. The Panzerfaust is a portable and retractable antitank weapon. With this weapon, various types of ammunition targeted can be fired up to a distance of up to 600 meters. This weapon system is suitable against tanks, armoured vehicles, reinforced setups and (light) bunkers.
The Recce Sniper Troop practiced, under the watchful eye of experienced
instructors on long range targets. Recce snipers support the Marine Combat Groups on battalions and squadron level and NLMARSOF in carrying out their duties. To be able to perform the specific tasks in all circumstances (land, sea, air, extreme terrain), these training sessions are essential.

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Good news for the Marine Corps!
Yesterday Commodore Dick Kreiter (Defence Material Organization) signed a framework agreement with the Austrian Hirtenberger Defence Europe GmbH for the new 81 mm mortar weapons and accompanying ammunition.
The first new 81 mm mortars are designed to be delivered within one year and the last within 2 years. The mortars are put into service after the necessary qualification and ammunition type classification. This framework agreement provides for the need to replace the current 81 mm mortars due to the end of technical lifespan.
On behalf of the Corps, Colonel of the Marines Rob de Wit was present (Group Commander Operational Units Marines)

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Always, everywhere and under the harshest conditions
The Marines of the 23th Raiding Squadron from Doorn recently had a repeat of the Basic Helicopter Training (BHT).
Challenging scenarios during winter weather on the Dutch heath. Due to the special weather conditions, it was decided to train White-out (snow) landings with the 2 AS-532 Cougar helicopters of 300 Squadron. Because there were 2 helicopters, a heli handler was called upon. This procedure with 2 helos can only be performed by a specialist who has the quality number of HHI (Heli Handler Instructor).
The landing site was in ′′ Echlon-left formation ", so the helos don't bother each other's
downwash (wind of the rotor blades) had. The instruction method for White-out conditions went through a Huddle (group of soldiers mixed together).
For the kites then the procedure is
to use this Huddle as a reference, and land the helos as safe and as close as possible to the Huddle so that it stays in sight despite the downwash.

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Marines in training are coming back from a ′′ wet landing ′′ during their LAW FEET week. On board Zr. Ms. Ms. Johan de Witt is the dry-out procedure performed by the Logistics Service. All marines are quickly supplied with dry clothing, sweet tea and a hot meal

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Today the first new Expeditionary Survey Boat (ESB) was baptized!
The ESB is being deployed to collect information about waterways, sea floor and underwater hazards, such as shipwrecks. This makes ports, river mouths, shallow waters, coastal areas and shipping channels safer.
Did you already know that this ESB can also be transported in the Davits on board large amphibious transport ships like Zr. Ms. Ms. Johan de Witt?

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Officer Candidates of the Korps Mariniers during training.

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