British Royal Marines angrily dismiss claims they're scared of the cold in Arctic Norway

Reports from Norway that the Royal Marines have been hiding behind politically correct health and safety regulations so as to avoid getting too cold in Arctic training exercises have been rejected

by the commentator on 27 February 2014 17:50


Britain's Royal Marines, one of the proudest military outfits in the world, have angrily dismissed reports from Norway that they're a bunch of scaredy-cats when it comes to training in the harsh conditions of the Norwegian Arctic winter.

On Wednesday, Norwegian media -- quickly followed by counterparts such as the Daily Mail in Britain -- quoted Lieutenant Colonel Trond Thomassen, commanding officer at the Allied Training Centre in Porsanger, as saying:

"British officers are not in a position to train with large divisions at Porsanger, where the temperature drops to 25 degrees below zero...Basically, it's a waste of time if they go there as it's too cold. The British have rules for health and safety.

"They would be sitting in the barracks, and receiving no training at all, whenever the mercury dropped below -20C."

Colonel Dominic May, the commanding officer of the Royal Marines' Commando Logistics Regiment, said the reports were "nonsense".

Speaking of the Norwegian commander who had made the remarks to the press, he added: "I know him very well and we've got a very good working relationship, and he knows that we routinely operate at below -30," he told Norway's, The Local.

Nonetheless, Col. May conceded that the Marines did prefer to train at a base several hundred kilometres to the south.

"It's because there are certain advantages being close to the amphibious ships here at Harstad. It's got absolutely nothing to do with training temperature and environmental conditions as depicted in that article."

Honour restored.

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