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a term the US Coast Guard lity they’ve built to replicate ts of a merchantman using ence the ‘ship in a box’ tag. nd search teams – such as


Ryan Billington carrying out main image – to practise the ’. As the name suggests, it and checking cabins and


ism of the training, high- ulation weapons are used g from rifl es, shotguns and nes.


punch – so much so that uipment must be worn when nd rounds are fl ying. e incredibly hospitable and he use of air-soft weapons sm to the scenarios that is n the training apt ge do he


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lf eficial


ut aside the part ip to help alist boarding the next level. nopposed but ng in offi cial means the


ut they will be


rew were told rs and to ‘not made for a potent e Royal Marines of rotection Group and


he Black Duke’s commandos nt-class


ship, using their


nd search techniques and e the Crazy A’s crew after overhead Monmouth’s Lynx


secured by the green berets, outh’s Royal Navy boarding the 750-tonne warship to ts and personnel.


n was one of the highlights of ving the two ships which not ke make use of Atherstone,


Pacifi c 24 sea boats (highly h a top speed nearly 40kts) upper deck gunners in the attack craft – the chance to in against was of particular .


heir time in company, there ship’s companies to swap e life on board each other’s


onnel between ships at sea w the exchange of ideas and aid Atherstone’s Executive is. “It’s the Royal Navy’s one company – which has Naval Service and its ability nging threats to security at


, the link-up reminded him tone is like; he commanded tours of duty in the Gulf. offi cer, you develop a great nership over your ship – it’s r leaves you,” Cdr Ruddock arly enjoyable working so p.”


warfare vessels either work their own genus – so the ith one of the big toys was


Monmouth has been a for Atherstone’s crew to nalism as well as what a vessel is capable of when 23 frigate, particularly in onment of the Gulf,” said nding Offi cer


Lt Cdr Ben


e for the two ships to part th’s instance, she fancied g...


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