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Dutch and German Marines Train Off Scottish Coast

DYNAMIC MARINER [© NATO Multimedia]

Dutch and German Marines conducted an amphibious exercise off the Scottish coast as part of DYNAMIC MARINER-21 / JOINT WARRIOR 21-2.

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An exercise in testing NATO’s maritime strength has taken place off the coast of Scotland. Twelve NATO Allies participated in Exercise DYNAMIC MARINER-21, which brought together 21 surface ships, one submarine and seven maritime patrol aircraft.

The exercise, which took place from 18 to 30 September 2021, ran alongside the UK exercise JOINT WARRIOR 21-2 and tested the NATO Response Force Maritime Component and interoperability with NATO forces.

This NATO Multimedia footage, released today, includes Marines from Germany and the Netherlands conducting amphibious training in areas across northern Scotland including beach landings, helicopter embarkation / disembarkation and an assault on a bunker. It also includes soundbites from Colonel Michiel Posthumus, Deputy Commander Netherlands Maritime Force and Lieutenant Samuel Baloun, Exercise Conducting Officer for the land-based part of UK Exercise JOINT WARRIOR.

Shot list and transcript:-

  • (00:00) Dutch Landing Platform Dock (LPD) amphibious warfare ship waits in cove in Scotland
  • (00:11) waves crashing on shore of Scottish coast
  • (00:16) Sun rises in sky off Scottish coast
  • (00:23) Dutch Dutch Landing Platform Dock (LPD) amphibious warfare ship in Scottish cove at sunrise
  • (00:28) German and Dutch Marines on board a landing craft land on Scottish beach
  • (00:51) German and Dutch Marines run across beach during beach assault exercise while helicopters fly overhead
  • (01:09) German Marine prepares equipment while on beach during exercise
  • (01:16) German Marines patrol along beach and down road during Exercise DYNAMIC MARINER-21
  • (01:51) German and Dutch Marines discuss exercise together
  • (02:09) German and Dutch Marines walk together
  • (02:17) German and Dutch Marines conduct bunker assault
  • (02:36) German and Dutch Marines conduct bunker assault
  • (02:42) German and Dutch Marines conduct bunker assault
  • (02:56) German and Dutch Marines conduct bunker assault
  • (03:10) UK and Dutch medical team conduct medical evacuation exercise during bunker assault
  • (03:37) Dutch Marines disembark from helicopter and prepare equipment
  • (04:16) Helicopter in field in Scotland
  • (04:22) Helicopter leaves
  • (04:30) Dutch Marines walk across Scottish highlands
  • (04:58) Dutch Marines walk across beach towards awaiting landing craft
  • (05:10) Dutch Marines walk across beach towards awaiting landing craft
  • (05:19) waves crashing against landing craft as it waits in ocean
  • (05:49) Waves crashing against landing craft as it waits in ocean
  • (05:56) Dutch Marines board landing craft
  • (06:07) Dutch Marines board landing craft
  • (06:34) landing craft leaves
  • (06:33) Soundbite – Colonel Michiel Posthumus, Deputy Commander NLMARFOR: “Well the JOINT WARRIOR exercises are going on for quite a while but this one is pretty special because it is another scenario. We are looking at a scenario under the Article 5 threshold so there are a variety of challenges posed upon us and we have to act and it’s not the big classic warfighting scenario but it’s probing here and there and it makes it very challenging, very difficult to plan and very difficult to execute but very rewarding if everything goes according to plan.”
  • (06:59) Soundbite – Colonel Michiel Posthumus: “Scotland always provides some challenging situations that are excellent for training. But we are here for our own readiness but also in this bigger NATO exercise in which a number of Allied nations are taking part to train together. We are here with two amphibious ships, helicopters, a battalion of Marines, landing craft etc. etc. to make this amphibious operation possible here in the northern part of Scotland.”
  • (07:24) Soundbite – Colonel Michiel Posthumus: “We need to stand together as a team, we need to understand each other, we need to train each other and together so that we know what we’re doing and there’s a base of trust as well and that’s very important if we stand together as NATO.”
  • (07:36) Soundbite – Lieutenant Samuel Baloun, 1st Battalion Scots Guards, Exercise Conducting Officer for land-based part of UK Exercise JOINT WARRIOR: “I haven’t had that much opportunity to deal with other nations’ forces so it’s been a really, I guess, enlightening opportunity for me to see the Dutch, how they operate, how they train, start to understand the differences between us and it really just makes you want to work with other nations again because it’s such a great, both training opportunity and it’s so essential for how we conduct ourselves in actual operations abroad in the future.”
  • (08:00) Soundbite – Lieutenant Samuel Baloun:“Working together allows us to have a lot more capabilities than we would by ourselves. That’s absolutely crucial. There’s no point having all these capabilities if we don’t know how to use them and how they’re going to work in the real world so exercises like this allow us to iron out any kinks we may have and actually see how we move forward.”

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