PICTURE GALLERY: TV cameras come to Instow as Marines are put to the test

Film crews were in town as Royal Navy and Marine recruits trained on Instow beach

Film crews were in town as Royal Navy and Marine recruits trained on Instow beach - Credit: Archant

Film crews were in Instow today (Wednesday) to capture a group of Royal Navy and Marine novices going through a rigorous training routine.

Film crews were in town as Royal Navy and Marine recruits trained on Instow beach

Film crews were in town as Royal Navy and Marine recruits trained on Instow beach - Credit: Archant

The young recruits were being put through their paces and learning to drive the Marines’ impressive fleet of amphibious vehicles, including landing craft and modified Land Rovers.

The training courses are a regular occurrence at Instow, and were being filmed for a Discovery Channel documentary.

23 recruits - seven Navy sailors from Yeovilton and 16 marines from Arbroath - were on-site on Wednesday, with more than 500 people per year going through the training.

Lead instructor Dave Tucker said: “Instow is a perfect beach to do this sort of training.


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“The training we do here is unique across the world - no one else goes as deep into the water as the British Navy.”

The training has proved useful in recent years - the craft were needed to cross rivers during conflicts in Afghanistan and Iraq.

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