counter piracy

Royal Marines from 43 Commando Fleet Protection Group are silhouetted during a training exercise near Glen Fruin, Argyll and Bute, Scotland.  

Located at HM Naval Base Clyde, 43 Commando help safeguard the ships and submarines at the Naval Base and those transiting the Firth of Clyde.  

Each year the unit conducts dozens of Fleet directed operations around the globe, deploying Fleet Standby Rifle Teams and Maritime Sniper Teams.  The 500-strong unit also supports Royal Navy counter-narcotics and counter-piracy missions, boarding and searching suspect ships in hot-spots around the world.

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Photographer: CPOA(Phot) Thomas McDonald

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Royal Marines from 43 Commando Fleet Protection Group are silhouetted during a training exercise near Glen Fruin, Argyll and Bute, Scotland. Located at HM Naval Base Clyde, 43 Commando help safeguard the ships and submarines at the Naval Base and those transiting the Firth of Clyde. Each year the unit conducts dozens of Fleet directed operations around the globe, deploying Fleet Standby Rifle Teams and Maritime Sniper Teams. The 500-strong unit also supports Royal Navy counter-narcotics and counter-piracy missions, boarding and searching suspect ships in hot-spots around the world. © Crown Copyright 2013 Photographer: CPOA(Phot) Thomas McDonald

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A member of the British Royal Navy with an Accuracy International AW50, a bolt-action rifle chambered in 12.7x99mm (50 BMG). Note that it does have an EOTech equipped. This setup is more than likely used for counter-piracy operations; knocking out soft-skinned vehicle engines. (GRH)

The visit, board, search and seizure team assigned to the Danish flexible support ship HDMS Absalon (L 16) trains by boarding the guided-missile cruiser USS Vella Gulf (CG 72). Gulf of Aden. Feb. 19, 2009.  Vella Gulf is the flagship for Combined Task Force 151, a multi-national task force conducting counter-piracy operations to detect and deter piracy in and around the Gulf of Aden, Arabian Gulf, Indian Ocean and Red Sea.