Shocking Display

Members of HMS Montrose’s counter-piracy team who planned to display a technique called “fast roping”, in which they slide down ropes without harnesses to access hijacked ships, at the Edinburgh Military Tattoo were astonished to be told they would have to undertake training with an industrial rope-access firm. The Marines were also not allowed to simulate shooting pirates, who would instead have to give themselves up as part of a re-enactment of last year’s successful Ocean Shield operation.

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