This whole trip was a very useful opportunity to engage with the Commandos on exercise and to develop our understanding of the challenges that they face and the environment they have to contend with. In exchange we were able to assist them in further developing their skills and understanding. The only downside is that we did not get to see the Northern Lights – but then that’s a great excuse to have to return!
There is a view to continue the relationship that was formed by this trip and to potentially run wargames or give lectures at future events. There is currently a ten year commitment for the Commandos to train and exercise in Norway annually, which they are keen for Dstl to be involved. This affords a great opportunity to build an ongoing relationship in a growing and vital capability area, which will both assist the Commandos and Dstl in improving capability and awareness.