Live updates

Advertisement

Royal Marines in training in California

The marines will have be ready to spring into action at a moment's notice Credit: ITV News West Country

Hundreds of men from Taunton-based 40 Commando are training in the deserts of California. Next May they become Britain's high readiness unit which can be deployed anywhere in the world at a moment's notice.

They'll also be doing jungle and cold weather training in Gabon and Norway in the months ahead.

Taunton's Royal Marines in training in California

The marines will have be ready to spring into action at a moment's notice Credit: ITV News West Country

Hundreds of men from Taunton-based 40 Commando are training in the deserts of California. Next May they become Britain's high readiness unit which can be deployed anywhere in the world at a moment's notice.

They'll also be doing jungle and cold weather training in Gabon and Norway in the months ahead.

Advertisement

Coping with Afghanistan deaths

Sixteen families lost loved ones serving with 40 Commando in Afghanistan. But the unit was by no means the only one to be affected by the conflict.

Families from across our region lost sons, brothers and fathers, who were serving in military units based across the South West.

Ahead of today's parade our Somerset Correspondent David Woodland spoke to Judy Gaden, the mother of Corporal Tom Gaden, who was killed in Afghanistan four years ago:

Load more updates