The Royal Navy has unveiled its first dedicated centre for treating Royal Marine recruits injured in training. They go through one of the toughest schemes in the world before they are awarded their Green Berets.
They are occasionally injured and the new facility at Parker Hall in Lympstone has been designed to get them fighting fit as soon as possible.
The £3 million centre is the Navy's only purpose-built unit for rehabilitating injured recruits, which is separate to its care of Marines hurt on operations. It was opened this morning by Fleet Commander Admiral Sir George Zambellas
Parker Hall has in-house physiotherapy and consultation bays with remedial instructors on hand. Other indoor services include a matted exercise area, cardio-vascular and weights equipment area and a reduced-impact surface running-track.
It is hoped that the Royal Marines will retain more of their recruits and reduce the drop-out rate and medical discharge due to injury. This makes the training more efficient and provides a more reliable supply of Royal Marines for eventual combat duties.