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United Arab Emirates Marines

The UAE Navy controls the United Arab Emirates Marines, a small battalion sized Marine force, equipped with BTR-3s and around two dozen landing craft. The sons of Sheikh Khalifa and Sheikh Mohammed went into the military themselves to set an example, and got no special treatment, serving in the naval infantry battalion.

Ninety Guardian 8x8 amphibious APCs based on the Russian BTR-80 (powered in the water by a single waterjet) were delivered and equipped the UAE Marines. The UAE received the first 25 of a total of 90 Guardian armored personnel carriers for the UAE marines in May 2003 from the Ukraine. The IDEX arms show, held in Abu Dhabi, the United Arab Emirates, is universally recognized as one of the world's largest defense exhibitions featuring, above all, armament and military equipment in service with ground forces. Middle East countries annually buy several billion U.S. dollars worth of armaments. The vehicle, bearing the sign UAE Marines, demonstrated its ride performance at the exhibition opening ceremony before the VIP stand at the 2001 IDEX.

The UAE Marines are a considerably smaller force than the UK Royal Marines. Over 125 UAE Naval Infantry joined their British Counterparts on the amphibious support ship RFA Lyme Bay for Exercise Sea Khanjar IV [Sea Dagger IV] in February 2010. A company of Royal Marine Commandos from the United Kingdom's Fleet Protection Group and from the Royal Marine Reserve Units of Scotland, Merseyside, Bristol and the City of London has taken part in a joint training exercise with the United Arab Emirates (UAE) Marine Battalion during Exercise Sea Khanjar IV. During Exercise Sea Khanjar the British Marines conducted cross training with their UAE counterparts which allowed both groups of Marines to gain a better understanding of each other's equipment and tactics. The cross training included boat capsize drills, which were in preparation for the amphibious training to be conducted. This was only the first part of an extensive cross training package which will see both groups of Marines working alongside each other as they conduct range work during the next phase of Sea Khanjar. The success of this training will be put to the test during a combined demonstration for senior UAE/UK Military Officers later on during the exercise.

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