Marines buy 'guns' from Abbotsham combat business

ROYAL Marine Commandos called on an Abbotsham-based combat games business this week to pick up some new equipment. Captain Matt Hingston of The Royal Marine Commandos took delivery of 20 Battlefield Sports infra-red guns, as used in simulated battlefield

ROYAL Marine Commandos called on an Abbotsham-based combat games business this week to pick up some new equipment.Captain Matt Hingston of The Royal Marine Commandos took delivery of 20 Battlefield Sports infra-red guns, as used in simulated battlefield games.They are to be used by his command on board the carrier HMS Bulwark and, as the ship departs from Devonport next weekend, he needed his guns in a hurry."These guns will be used on board for close quarters battle training, boarding operations and agent infiltration exercises. They are tough and robust and will be used by the Royal Marine Commandos for a number of training simulations," said Capt Hingston. "We have an area the size of two football pitches to use on board and look forward immensely to training with these guns."Asked why he chose Battlefield Sports, Captain Hingston said: "I searched the web, made a few phone calls and we were in agreement here that these guns are the best on the market for our purposes."HMS Bulwark is one of the Royal Navy's most technologically advanced warships. She is the official Fleet Amphibious Flagship and High Readiness Assault Ship. She spent most of 2008 involved in multinational amphibious exercises and is now working on a busy programme in 2009 of Defence Diplomacy visits in the Far East.Paul Diamond of Battlefield Sports said that the business was the largest provider of combat simulation equipment in Europe, importing equipment and renting and selling it all over the country.While they had had inquiries from the Services previously, the procurement process was usually a lengthy one and this urgent call from the Marines had come as a surprise.

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