Royal Marines ‘Knowingly’ Exposed to Asbestos: 260 Personnel Take Legal Action Against MoD

In a startling development, 260 Royal Marines, predominantly from Plymouth's 30 Commando and Arbroath's 45 Commando, have initiated legal proceedings against the Ministry of Defence (MoD) for alleged exposure to asbestos during exercises in Latvia in 2018 and 2019.

The marines claim that the MoD "knowingly" subjected them to the harmful substance, breaching the Human Rights Act.

The controversy surfaced when former Royal Marine Edward Hill, who served for 15 years, raised concerns about dust in a disused building at the base called Skrunda-1.

Hill collected a sample, revealing the presence of Chrysotile fiber, a form of asbestos. Allegations suggest that the MoD was aware of asbestos at the site before the exercises but failed to inform the personnel adequately.

The Russian writing in an accommodation area translates to "dangerous to life


The legal proceedings, initiated on 6 February, focus on seeking compensation for breaches of the Human Rights Act and trespass to the person.

The case challenges Crown immunity, which shields the MoD from prosecution. Legal experts and MPs, including Ben Bradshaw, are calling for an independent inquiry, emphasizing the duty of care owed by the MoD to its personnel.

The situation highlights the potential risks military personnel face during training exercises and raises crucial questions about accountability, transparency, and the duty of care owed by the Ministry of Defence.

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