Arbroath Marines drop in at Edinburgh Tattoo

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ROYAL Marines from 45 Commando and the Royal Navy took centre stage in the international spectacular, the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo, which ran until Saturday.

A worldwide audience of millions saw the Royal Navy steal the limelight as the lead military service.

Major attractions included a Royal Navy warship counter-piracy boarding team from HMS Montrose, a thrilling field-gun race and HM Bands of the Royal Marines, along with other navies, reflecting this year’s Tattoo theme, ‘Of the Sea’.

The HMS Montrose boarding team, which earned its stripes on patrol with notable successes against Somali pirates, gave a dynamic display, re-enacting operational action on the Edinburgh Castle arena, which was transformed into a kidnapped cargo ship.

And seven members of 45 Commando, based in Arbroath, swelled the ranks of the team, abseiling down Edinburgh Castle’s ramparts each evening, as part of the eye-catching serial.

Commander Jonathan Lett, the commanding officer of HMS Montrose, said: “Although the base port of HMS Montrose is in Plymouth, the ship has incredibly close links with Montrose and Angus. As a Duke Class Type 23 frigate, HMS Montrose is named after the Duke of Montrose. And of course, Montrose is a port on the east coast of Scotland in Angus.

He continued: “Working in conjunction with the Tattoo producers, the team uses a combination of sound, light and live action to show how teams from the Royal Navy and Royal Marines deal with incidents of piracy off the coast of Somalia.

“Based on a real boarding which HMS Montrose undertook whilst on patrol in the Indian Ocean last year, the Tattoo provides a fantastic opportunity not only to highlight the work of the Royal Navy and Royal Marines in deterring and disrupting acts of piracy, but also the high quality training and versatility of our men and women.”