Royal Marines centre stage in Weymouth Olympics celebrations

The evening of Saturday 28 July saw thousands of spectators gather on the beach at Dorset's Olympic Live site to witness the creative performance of 'The Battle for the Winds', a free theatrical, musical and aerial acrobatics show to celebrate the 2012 Olympic sailing events.

HMS Bulwark and RFA Mounts Bay are in Dorset supporting the Olympics maritime security operation. Off-duty sailors from the ships enjoyed mingling with the crowds on the beach while the audience took photos of themselves with the Royal Navy personnel on a brief but welcome shore leave.

Lieutenant Colonel Michael Green - Amphibious Operations Officer on board HMS Bulwark, said:

"HMS Bulwark and the military maritime security force are delighted to have the opportunity to support Battle for the Winds and the Cultural Olympiad. Delivering troops and vehicles on beaches as part of tightly co-ordinated plan is our core business.

"Tonight's ceremony provides a welcome break from our security duties in support of Dorset Police to ensure there is a safe and secure Olympics here in Weymouth and Portland.

"HMS Bulwark has made a rare incursion inshore to provide a backdrop, and we have had the opportunity to land some of the ship's company to witness this amazing ceremony from the shoreside."