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Commando medics ready for contingency operations

Over 100 medical staff from the UK Armed Forces have completed a major exercise to prepare for worldwide deployment with the Royal Marines.

Exercise Green Serpent, held over 2 weeks at Chivenor in North Devon, has tested the ability of the Commando Forward Surgical Group to deal with multiple battlefield casualties quickly, and safely, just as they would be expected to do when the are sent into action.

Actors and trainee Royal Navy medics from HMS Raleigh, all made-up with realistic wounds and fake blood, served as the casualties for the surgical group - comprising around 80 personnel from the Commando Logistic Regiment, bolstered by surgeons, anaesthetists, nurses and specialist medical staff drawn from all 3 Services working at hospitals across the UK.

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