Aboard the HMS Ocean, the greater warship of the United Kingdom, soldiers of the two countries exchange experiences and knowledge.
British bring experiences in Afghanistan and Iraq while Brazilians present their work in Haiti.
The Naval Base of Ilha da Marambaia (“Island of the Marambaia”) was the place chosen for the joint military exercise carried out by the navies of the United Kingdom and of Brazil, on the days 10, 11 and 12 of September.
The crew of the HMS Ocean was also integrated by 142 Brazilian marines.
Embarked in the helicopter carrier of the British Royal Navy, they received instruction and participated of an amphibious assault exercise to one of the beaches of the island, in the coast of the state of Rio de Janeiro.
While the marines were rehearsing the assault in the ship, a minor team, formed by 13 British marines and nine Brazilian marines, was doing in land the reconnaissance of the island and was simulating the gathering of intelligence, to help the capture of the beach.
British and Brazilian helicopters participated of the operation, together with motorboats and a Hovercraft (vessel with air mattress, which allows the landing in the sand of the beach) brought by the ship and small frigates of the Navy of Brazil.
This kind of operation allows the quick landing of hundreds of troops, with the covering of the war helicopters.
In this first great exercise, not only the British taught techniques and strategies to the Brazilians.
During two days, commanders of both countries exchanged experiences and trained the troops from each other based in the knowledge acquired by the Brazilians in Haiti and by the British in the Iraq and in Afghanistan.
On Saturday, September 11, six simultaneous events happened in several points of the island. With an average duration of one hour and a half, these events were repeated all day long with the alternation of marines of Brazil and of the United Kingdom.
Were used techniques of immediate reaction, transition of non-authorized vehicles (barriers) in urbane area and answers to problems of the local population were given after identification of minefields and ambushes with sharpshooters and exercises of shot simulation with several weapons and different sceneries created by programs of computer.
According to the commander of the 3rd Battalion of Infantry, Luiz Octavio Gavião, whose Amphibious Division participated of the assault exercises, forces of peace and of combat, “this kind of joint exercise is more common to happen with the North Americans, but for my marines, the more international experience, the better”.
For the captain of the HMS Ocean, Keith Blount, “the joint exercises help our marines to learn with the practical experience that others had in combat situations, and to share the own experience in combat, since several of the British marines fought in Afghanistan”.
The captain of frigate, Simon Carter, responsible for the logistics of the events in which the HMS Ocean participates, emphasizes that friendships also are formed when the marines live closely in a period of intense exercises. “When we leave Brazil towards the West of Africa, 20 Nigerian sailors will cross the Atlantic Ocean with us and will learn with the British sailors about the work and the life in a great warship that has the versatility of the HMS Ocean to shelter exercises of combat, of security and of peacekeeping and diplomatic events”, he affirmed.