Amphibious CBRN operations

Apart from operations led in cold or hot/try climate,the team may be engaged in amphibious operations. In the Joint Publication 3-02 (2019) which provides the context for military activities, an amphibious operation is an operation which is launched from the sea by an amphibious force (AF) to conduct landing force (LF) operations within the littorals[i]. According to ATP-3.8.1 Vol III, if amphibious operations can maintain surprise, they are not generally considered to be at great risk of a CBRN attack in the early stages[ii]. However this changes when the need to consolidate ashore creates a static beachhead in all but small-scale operations. It should be noted that wearing individual protection equipment (IPE) may cause difficulties while performing tasks in such an environment. When amphibious operations training is considered, various scenarios can be taken into consideration. For instance, the designed activities may concern operating in the water or transiting through water. In such situations, specific individual protection equipment should be used. If the trainees do not possess the IPE, the practice of hazard area avoidance is the preferred option as much as tactically reasonable. It should be also taken into account that boat handlers need to have completed operator’s training while wearing respirators prior to participation in any over the shore exercise. Phases of amphibious operations can involve the following states: planning, embarkation, rehearsals, movement, action[iii]. They can constitute a scenario for a single or series of exercises.

[i] Amphibious Operations, Joint Publication 3-02, 2019,

[ii] NATO – ATP-3.8.1 VOL III, CBRN Defence Standards for Education, Training And Evaluation – Volume III, p. 45,

[ii] Amphibious Operations, Joint Publication 3-02, 2019,


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