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Posted: Monday, February 6, 2017. 11:05 a.m. CST.

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By BBN Staff: Forty commandos of the United Kingdom’s Royal Marines are in the Belizean jungle undergoing training with a focus on survival in hostile environments.

They are here conducting training by the British Army Training Support Unit Belize (BATSUB) and the Royal Marines directing staff.

The soldiers have already conducted contact drills, close target reconnaissance, survival, patrol and navigation training.

They are currently learning to operate in the jungle by building shelters and animal traps, creating fire, and understanding what plants are edible, inedible and which are medicinal, as well as what insects and wildlife to avoid in this environment.

The Belizean heat and the sightings of unusual animals have been a learning experience for the soldiers.

The second phase of their training includes live firing which will see the soldiers working in four and eight-man team assaults. For this phase they will be using the SA80 A3 rifle, light machine guns, general purpose machine guns and grenades.

Additionally, they will also learn how to carry out demolition work in the jungle. At the conclusion of their training in Belize, these soldiers will head to Norway for cold weather survival training.

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