45 Commando

45 Commando

45 Commando Group are an Arbroath-based Amphibious Commando Unit that form part of 3 Commando Brigade Royal Marines.

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The Unit has just completed its role as the Standing Task Commando and is currently training (Force Generating) to assume the role of Lead Commando Unit in 2015.  Once fully trained the Unit will be ready to deploy anywhere in the world at short notice. 

Marines from the Unit regularly deploy outside of the United Kingdom conducting operations or training exercises and are capable of operating in a variety of theaters including jungle, desert or arctic warfare.

45 Commando Group was formed in 1943 and saw its first active service at the Normandy Invasion in 1944.  This year the Unit will not only be celebrating the 70th anniversary this of historical event, but also the 350th anniversary of the formation of the Royal Marines.

The Unit will be marking this through events such as the “1664 Challenge” which is raising money for the Royal Marines Charitable Trust Fund, being part of the launch of the Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carrier, and forming the first Royal Marines Guard at Edinburgh Castle.

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Current Deployment Training

The Unit is currently in the United Kingdom conducting training in preparation for their next major deployment

Ready to fight

When diplomacy fails, the UK has to be ready to protect its interests and its allies. What’s more, as a member of NATO and the UN, the UK also acts to support the enforcement of UN resolutions and come to the aid of our allies. This is where the Royal Navy comes in: we train to go where we’re needed – by sea, land or air – and deploy our forces with the aim of restoring peace.

Protecting our economy

Maritime trade is the lifeblood of the UK economy and industry. 95% of Britain’s economic activity depends on the oceans. And every year Britain imports goods worth £524 billion.The UK is so dependent on the seas for its prosperity, that without the Royal Navy acting as deterrent the effect on the economy would be overwhelming.

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Unit History

Unit Formation1943

Formed in August 1943, the unit played its part in World War II, including D-Day landings in Normandy, the push through Holland and crossing s of the Rhine, Weser and Elbe rivers.

Post-War Years1946

Overseas operations in Palestine, Suez (where it performed the first ever, operational helicopter assault in 1956), Malaya, Aden and Cyprus.

New Home1971

After returning to the UK in 1967 after 24 years operational service abroad, the Commando moved to its current base in Arbroath in 1971.

Falkland Islands1982

Took part in Operation Corporate, Falkland Islands. 45 Commando 'yomped' across the island of East Falkland and successfully defeated Argentine forces in the crucial battle for Two Sisters.

Northern Iraq1991

In 1991 it deployed to Northern Iraq on a humanitarian assistance mission to provide a safe haven for the Kurdish people.

Kuwait1994

In 1994 the unit was dispatched to reinforce the Kuwaiti border against renewed Iraqi aggression.

Hurricane Mitch1998

In 1998 whilst exercising in the Caribbean with HMS Ocean, the unit was on hand to provide humanitarian assistance after Hurricane Mitch devastated Nicaragua and Honduras.

Operation Jacana2002

Deployed to Afghanistan on Operation Jacana in support of the war against terrorism, to deny territory to Al Qaeda and simultaneously destroy their infrastructure and weapon caches.

Operation Telic2003

Large elements of 45 Commando deployed with 3 Cdo Bde on Operation Telic with the objective of ridding Saddam Hussein's regime of its weapons of mass destruction

Northern Ireland2004

In January 2004 the unit deployed to Northern Ireland for 6 months in support of peacekeeping operations, returning home in June.

Exercise Blackhorse, USA2004

They deployed to the USA on Exercise Blackhorse, with the United States Marines Corps Ground-Air Combat Centre at 29 Palms and at the Marine Corps Mountain Warfare Training Centre

Norway2006

2006 saw the Unit deploy to Norway for further arctic training which culminated with a NATO-led exercise.

Op Herrick 5, Afganistan2006

Deployed to Afghanistan on Operation Herrick 5. The Commando took on a number of different roles, the principal one being that of the Operational Mentoring and Liaison Team (OMLT).

Op Herrick 9, Afganistan2008

October 2008 saw the Commando return to Afghanistan on Operation Herrick 9. The operational area of responsibility was the Upper Sangin Valley extending for 80 km along the Helmand River.

Cold Weather Training2009

Winter 2009 saw the unit return to Norway where it once again honed its collective cold weather warfare and amphibious skills.

Royal Marines 350

On the 28th October 2014 the Royal Marines celebrate their 350th anniversary. 350 years of unbroken service, of protecting the Nation's security. 350 years of timeless distinction. 

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Commanding Officer Dan Cheesman

Rank: Lieutenant Colonel

Lt Col Dan Cheesman joined the Royal Marines in 1996. He assumed command of 45 Commando Royal Marines in December 2013

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