The level of support from the Bahraini Defence Forces was exceptional. The Servicemen we have come into contact with have been very receptive to cross training and development of different techniques

Lieutenant David Doherty Royal Marines, Officer Commanding 7 Troop 42 Commando

"The lads have coped really well in the heat,” said Sergeant Sam Vanner, 7 Troop Sergeant, from Lima Company.

“The levels of fitness these boys have is the key to their success during this exercise. From my perspective the exercise went really well and all the jigsaw pieces from the various elements of training we conducted dropped into place for this finale."

Corporal Damian Cowell, a section commander in the same troop, added, "My small team focused on small arms weapon training with the Bahrainis. Although we set some challenging serials, they were good students and it was rewarding for us to witness their progress first hand."

Pearl Dagger is an annual workout for Bahraini and Royal Navy forces, given extra oomph this year by the presence of Britain’s flagship HMS Ocean, her helicopters and the Royal Marines of 42 Commando.

"The level of support from the Bahraini Defence Forces was exceptional. The Servicemen we have come into contact with have been very receptive to cross training and development of different techniques,” said Lieutenant David Doherty RM, Officer Commanding 7 Troop.

His unit, as well as the rest of Lima Company, are now back aboard HMS Ocean, which is flagship of the US Navy’s Combined Task Group 50 conducting security operations in the Gulf for another couple of months.

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