Marine Leon is playing key role

Whitby's Capt Leon Marshall

Whitby's Capt Leon Marshall

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A ROYAL Marine from Whitby is playing a key role in a major Royal Navy deployment to the Mediterranean and Middle East.

Captain Leon Marshall started his career working at the Fitness Machine Gym in Silver Street.

HMS Albion, the Royal Navy's flagship

HMS Albion, the Royal Navy's flagship

Now, aged 31, he is currently serving onboard HMS Albion, the Royal Navy’s flagship.

Capt Marshall said: “My role is to advise the command on methods of inserting Royal Marines ashore.

“It’s about finding where the enemy isn’t and then putting the guys ashore where the enemy thinks we can’t go.”

The former pupil of Fylingdales School and Whitby Community College was deployed to the Libyan coast in May, where HMS Albion acted as the floating command platform.

“The Task Group is designed for exactly this kind of contingency operation so it was quite satisfying to be called upon,” said Capt Marshall. “We were close enough to Libya on the night of the first Apache mission to see the lights along the coastline.”

Capt Marshall’s career has taken him around the globe, from Australia and America to Oman and India, but Whitby remains home.

He said: “The whole of Whitby is a beautiful area.

“Although I now spend much of my time in the south west, I’m lucky that Devon is very similar to Whitby with its moors and coastline, although the accent is somewhat different.

“Obviously I miss seeing my family and friends who still live in the area and the slower, friendlier pace of life. I like nothing more than spending a summer’s day with a beer from the Bay Hotel, watching the world go by in the Dock in Robin Hood’s Bay.

“One day I will come back with my family to bring any children up in the area.”