It was truly a privilege sitting on the sun-dappled beach of Rutland Island, across the Macpherson Strait from the rest of the Andaman Islands, and exchanging stories with these men — the MARCOS team I shot with was represented from all across the country — from Orissa, Haryana, Punjab, Maharashtra and Andhra Pradesh. It was surreal listening to the amazing stories of survival training, a large part of special operations training. And listening to what they thought of 26/11, Operation Neptune Spear, the SEALs and other operations.
My special thanks to MARCOS officer Lieutenant ‘Sierra’ for being so open about his men, and to the magarmachh unit at Rutland for welcoming an intrusive journalist with lots of questions. Godspeed and Shano Varuna, though I know you operate in the other two dimensions as well 🙂
Photos / Shiv Aroor
(Tomorrow: Photos and an account of an amphibious exercise at Rutland)