Pictured are Viking vehicles from Armoured Support Group Royal Marines, conducting snow and ice driver training at Setermoen, approximately 15 miles south of Bardufoss in Norway.
As part of Commando Logistics Regiment, Viking Squadron are 3 Commando Brigade’s experts in Protected Mobility. Operating the formidable, highly mobile Viking All-Terrain Vehicle (Protected), they support the Lead Commando Group both on land and at sea.
The Viking has a greater step, wade, swim and gap-crossing that any other Fighting Vehicle and has the ability to move rapidly across the majority of terrain to outmaneuver the enemy.
Its ability to swim allows the Brigade to deploy forces rapidly across the Area of Operations.
The primary role of Viking is in Protected Mobility for the Marines it transports, it is also used in battlefield reconnaissance, fire support and as a command platform.
Having proved itself in action during numerous tours of Helmand Province, Afghanistan, its main focus now is on amphibious assault, delivering Marines to the beaches and beyond. Photo by LPhot Paul Hall UK MOD © Crown copyright 2020