Swimming with a 40-kg backpack full of military kit is all in a day’s work for a Portuguese combat swimmer.
We take a look inside the kit of 2nd Sgt André Ascensão, a section commander in the Portuguese Reconnaissance Platoon.
The group was operating in Lithuania as part of NATO Assurance Measures which comprise land, sea and air activities in, on and around the eastern part of the Alliance.
Footage includes all aspects of the equipment a marine would carry on operation, and an interview in Portuguese describing the items.
All soldiers were operating within a self-contained bubble in accordance with COVID-19 guidelines for NATO deployments in the Baltics. NATO videographers observed these guidelines in accordance with NATO policies.
SOUNDBITE IN PORTUGUESE
2nd Sgt André Ascensão Portuguese Marines
"My name is André Ascensão, Second Sergeant.
2nd SGT ANDRE ASCENSAO Portuguese Marines
I'm Section Commander in the Portuguese Reconnaissance Platoon.
I'm here today, as a combat swimmer, to show you what's in my kit."
TEXT ON SCREEN: WHAT’S IN YOUR KIT?
#1 G3 RIFLE
#2 GLOCK PISTOL
#3 HELMET "Protective helmet."
#4 NIGHT VISION "Night vision binoculars, F50x50."
#5 SPARE MAGAZINES
"Next, I'll show you what I'm carrying in my vest."
#6 MEDICAL KIT "Individual First Aid Kit."
#7 NAVIGATION KIT "Compass. GPS. Safety lights."
#8 WETSUIT "Wetsuit, 7 millimetres."
#10 DIVING BACKPACK "To waterproof our material during operations."
#11 GHILLIE SUIT "Ghillie suit, essential for each soldier to camouflage themselves."