A group of Royal Marines have quite literally ‘gone commando’ – by launching this raunchy charity calendar.
Serving members of 40 Commando RM in Taunton, Somerset, stripped off to raise money for an armed forces’ charity before being posted to Afghanistan.
Incredibly, they did all the work themselves – directing and photographing the arty pictures.
The calendar is for the ‘Go Commando’ charity, which was founded in 2010 to provide support to serving Royal Marines and their families.
Once it was completed, the unit’s own photographer Rhys O’Leary had to send the photographs back to the from his base in Afghanistan to get them approved by the Royal Navy.
Authorities gave them the green light and it is hoped the 2013 calendar will help the charity with its target of raising £50,000.
The Royal Marine Commandos, who cannot be named for operational reasons, described the photoshoot as “a challenge which was far from a normal day’s work”.
Debbie Howarth, the PR spokesperson for Go Commando, said that while the calendar is fun and raunchy, there is a serious message behind it.
She said: “Being a wife, partner or parent with a loved-one serving in a military unit can be extremely stressful and the reality of caring for an injured husband or partner is an unfortunate fact of life faced by many courageous women.
“This is proving a great morale boost for the lads over in Afghanistan who tragically lost one of their colleagues – Cpl David O’Connor – together with three others working on attachment to 40 Commando within the past couple of weeks.
“Our thoughts are with their families.”
To order a calendar, which costs £9.99, visit www.gocommando.org.uk/shop