EXERCISE SURE SHOT, KENT, SEPTEMBER 2002 [Allocated Title]
Members of 43 Commando Fleet Protection Group Royal Marines take part in Exercise Sure Shot at Cinque Ports Training Area (CPTA), including Hythe Ranges and Dymchurch Redoubt.
(Tape 1) Marines carry out contact drills in which their civilianised military vehicle comes under attack from gunmen; they are aided by a Royal Marines instructor. Two members of the US Marine Corps also take part. Contact drills with Snatch Land Rover. Troop movement briefings in the field; instructor uses rocks to represent the various groups. Drill in which a casualty is retrieved under fire. Combat training in open country on the ranges: instructor/observer (in bright orange vest) offers advice. Mock combat on shingled area; includes Marines taking cover, and two Commandos rescuing a casualty. (Possibly live firing; there are no blank firing attachments on the guns.) Discussion on the tactics to take during contact.
(Tape 2) Entry drills in CQB skills house, CMV (civilianised military vehicle) contact drills, snatch Land Rover contact drills, interior of skills house (observer in high visibility jacket watching), further CMV contact drills and skills house views. (55 mins)
(Tape 3) Clearance operation inside the cellars of Dymchurch Redoubt (brief staged scene). On Hythe Ranges, Commandos load their magazines with green-tipped blank ammunition. Outdoor training session in the camp focuses on the use of batons, including the adoption of defensive stances and techniques for striking assailants. (The weapons used are ASP telescopic batons.) Firearms training on the range, using colour-coded targets. Ambush drills for personnel in both civilianised military vehicles and snatch Land Rovers. Weapons training using pump-action shotguns. Further vehicle contact drills.
(Tape 4) Visit to CPTA by the Commander-in-Chief Fleet, Admiral Sir Jonathan Band, who is here to see the training of members of the Fleet Protection Group Royal Marines. He arrives in a small RAF helicopter (these opening scenes are filmed very shakily) and greets senior officers before heading towards the camp. Close-up of sign "Army Headquarters Cinque Ports Training Area Army Training Estate - South East" and display gun. Weapons training at indoor facilities, using video projections (camera focuses on the four Marines taking part in the scenario; the video projection can be heard but not seen); Northern Ireland scenario. this is followed by a tough debriefing. Outside on the range, Admiral Band talks with a Military Police Commando trainer, who explains various types of ammunition that can be fired using a shotgun; this is followed by a shotgun training display on the firing range. Firing at pistol pits with 9mm pistols. Close-up of Marine wearing earplugs. Training using support weapons against colour-coded targets. Sir Jonathan talks with Marines, then watches contact drills. On the beach, he climbs on board a small assault craft. Later, at Dymchurch Redoubt, he watches a demonstration of entry techniques, using a powered grinder to cut a square hole in a metal door (Commando Squadron Royal Engineers). Further weapons demonstration. (Marine officer discusses the issues involved with using Dymchurch Redoubt, which is owned by English Heritage.) Admiral Band practices pistol firing. Inside the redoubt, where the Admiral enters the clearance training area (seen on the previous tape). Various views of the courtyard of the fort as the Admiral is shown around. Open air meal; Sir Jonathan meets and greets Commandos. Piece to camera by Sir Jonathan, who praises the members of the Royal Marines Commando Fleet Protection Group.