MARINE CORPS AIR GROUND COMBAT CENTER TWENTYNINE PALMS, Calif. - -- The Combat Center provides Marines from around the world the ability to conduct relevant live-fire combined arms training, urban operations, and joint or coalition level integration training that promotes operational forces readiness. Approximately 1,000 British Royal Marines and 170 Dutch Royal Army soldiers experienced this training first-hand during Operation Black Alligator 15.
British Royal Marines hosted a barbecue lunch to show their thanks to Combat Center Marines for the opportunity to train aboard the installation at Camp Wilson, Oct. 8, 2015. During the lunch, British Royal Marine Lt. Col. Richard Cantrill, commanding officer, 42 Commando Group, 3 Commando Brigade, presented Combat Center Chief of Staff, Col. James F. Harp, with a plaque to show their appreciation.
Black Alligator is an annual training exercise, with this year’s iteration enabling British Royal Marines and Dutch Royal Army forces to refresh their expeditionary warfighting capabilities while working in tandem with U.S. forces. This year’s Black Alligator was conducted from Aug. 5 through Oct. 15.