The culmination of the first phase of the Royal Navy’s Taurus 09 deployment was to be a huge multinational exercise on and around the coast of Turkey by the name of EGEMEN. Including Dutch and Belgian troops operating from the ships Johan de Witt and Rotterdam under the command of 40 Commando, Royal Marines, Turkish reconnaissance operators based on HMS Argyll, helicopters from the Commando Helicopter Force, RAF Chinooks and, of course, 40 Commando itself. The exercise was designed to test the task-group’s ability to influence a land-based objective.
Split across the Amphibious Task Group, with headquarters and Alpha Company onboard HMS Ocean, Charlie Company on RFA Mounts Bay and Delta Company with much of Logistics Company on RFA Lyme Bay, the whole exercise was controlled from HMS Bulwark. (RoyalNavy)
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