Royal Navy and Royal Marines amphibious landings in Southsea

9th March 2018

The 4th June 2014 saw the Royal Marines and the Royal Navy storm the beaches of Southsea, Portsmouth in a recreation of an amphibious landing training exercise.

World War Two was one of the most innovative conflicts in history. It saw the development of code-breaking machines, radar and the atomic bomb amongst other achievements. Seventy years on, currently serving marines stage an amphibious landing in Portsmouth showing off the latest technology.

Storming the beaches of Portsmouth

Southsea seafront was the setting for a Royal Marines amphibious landing re-enactment as part of Portsmouth’s D-Day 70 commemorations.

Amphibious landing by the Navy and Marines

Tactically, it’s a recreation of how the beaches of Normandy would have been stormed in 1944. In Portsmouth in 2014, the Sea King helicopter takes the place of the Horsa Glider. Currently serving battleships HMS Bullwark and HNLMS Johan de Witt sail alongside a flotilla of landing craft. The Bullwark fires a fifteen gun salute as she makes her way across the Solent.

Thousands of people gathered on the Clarence Esplanade to watch the spectacle.

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