Royal Marines from RMB Chivenor were in action on Saunton Beach on Wednesday as part of a training exercise.

Commando Logistic Regiment's Logistic Support Squadron carried out a supply drop exercise on Saunton Beach. Picture: Matt SmartCommando Logistic Regiment's Logistic Support Squadron carried out a supply drop exercise on Saunton Beach. Picture: Matt Smart

Commando Logistic Regiment’s Logistic Support Squadron spent the morning securing supplies dropped onto the beach by the RAF, securing and preparing them for Commando Helicopter Force.

It’s the first time the beach has been used for such an exercise in more than 10 years, with the last one taking place in 2006.

Major Clive Allford, Logistic Support Squadron’s officer in command, said the exercise, which requires many services working together, makes for excellent training.

“We deliver to fighting troops to keep them alive and this is the quickest way of delivering those supplies,” said Major Allford.

Commando Logistic Regiment's Logistic Support Squadron carried out a supply drop exercise on Saunton Beach. Picture: Matt SmartCommando Logistic Regiment's Logistic Support Squadron carried out a supply drop exercise on Saunton Beach. Picture: Matt Smart

“It’s good training, with three services working together. We’ve got the RAF providing the plane, the army doing air dispatch and the Royal Marines and the Navy collecting on the ground, which my squadron will be issuing and receiving.

“The beach is a military training area and a designated tactical landing zone.

“We, as Logistic Command Group have 1800 people primed to go anywhere in the world and we provide their stores, ammunition, spare parts, clothing and food.

“This is another way of getting stores delivered to us. We may have ships traditionally but they might not always have what we need.”

Commando Logistic Regiment's Logistic Support Squadron carried out a supply drop exercise on Saunton Beach. Picture: Matt SmartCommando Logistic Regiment's Logistic Support Squadron carried out a supply drop exercise on Saunton Beach. Picture: Matt Smart

Commando Logistic Regiment's Logistic Support Squadron carried out a supply drop exercise on Saunton Beach. Picture: Matt SmartCommando Logistic Regiment's Logistic Support Squadron carried out a supply drop exercise on Saunton Beach. Picture: Matt Smart

Commando Logistic Regiment's Logistic Support Squadron carried out a supply drop exercise on Saunton Beach. Picture: Matt SmartCommando Logistic Regiment's Logistic Support Squadron carried out a supply drop exercise on Saunton Beach. Picture: Matt Smart

Commando Logistic Regiment's Logistic Support Squadron carried out a supply drop exercise on Saunton Beach. Picture: Matt SmartCommando Logistic Regiment's Logistic Support Squadron carried out a supply drop exercise on Saunton Beach. Picture: Matt Smart

Commando Logistic Regiment's Logistic Support Squadron carried out a supply drop exercise on Saunton Beach. Picture: Matt SmartCommando Logistic Regiment's Logistic Support Squadron carried out a supply drop exercise on Saunton Beach. Picture: Matt Smart

Commando Logistic Regiment's Logistic Support Squadron carried out a supply drop exercise on Saunton Beach. Picture: Matt SmartCommando Logistic Regiment's Logistic Support Squadron carried out a supply drop exercise on Saunton Beach. Picture: Matt Smart

Commando Logistic Regiment's Logistic Support Squadron carried out a supply drop exercise on Saunton Beach. Picture: Matt SmartCommando Logistic Regiment's Logistic Support Squadron carried out a supply drop exercise on Saunton Beach. Picture: Matt Smart

Commando Logistic Regiment's Logistic Support Squadron carried out a supply drop exercise on Saunton Beach. Picture: Matt SmartCommando Logistic Regiment's Logistic Support Squadron carried out a supply drop exercise on Saunton Beach. Picture: Matt Smart

Commando Logistic Regiment's Logistic Support Squadron carried out a supply drop exercise on Saunton Beach. Picture: Matt SmartCommando Logistic Regiment's Logistic Support Squadron carried out a supply drop exercise on Saunton Beach. Picture: Matt Smart

Commando Logistic Regiment's Logistic Support Squadron carried out a supply drop exercise on Saunton Beach. Picture: Matt SmartCommando Logistic Regiment's Logistic Support Squadron carried out a supply drop exercise on Saunton Beach. Picture: Matt Smart

Commando Logistic Regiment's Logistic Support Squadron carried out a supply drop exercise on Saunton Beach. Picture: Matt SmartCommando Logistic Regiment's Logistic Support Squadron carried out a supply drop exercise on Saunton Beach. Picture: Matt Smart

Commando Logistic Regiment's Logistic Support Squadron carried out a supply drop exercise on Saunton Beach. Picture: Matt SmartCommando Logistic Regiment's Logistic Support Squadron carried out a supply drop exercise on Saunton Beach. Picture: Matt Smart