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42. Barry Budden, Angus. (NO 513 324)

Marines from 45 Commando training at Barry Budden
prior to action in Afghanistan in 2002.

Army training camp and weapons ranges near the town of Monifieth on the Angus coast. Barry Budden is the UK's busiest light weaponry live firing range and covers 930 hectares of land and foreshore. There is also a sea danger area of comparable size to the east of the links.

The War Office acquired the range for military training purposes in 1897. According to the MoD, there are 20 different ranges at Barry Budden, and although it is mainly an infantry training area, infantry weapons, light and medium mortars and anti-tank weapons are fired on the ranges. In addition, amphibious and parachute training takes place, as well as helicopter training. Accommodation for 500 troops was built in the early 1980s and Barry Budden is regularly used for training purposes. 45 Commando from the nearby Condor Base in Arbroath are frequent visitors to the range.


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