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RMR Scotland

Belfast Detachment

The Belfast Detachment of Royal Marines Reserves is located at Palace Barracks in Holywood where they train using the existing Assault Course, dedicated classroom facilities and a custom-built Rope Training Tower.


At weekends training is also conducted in Scotland alongside members of the Scottish Detachments.


Postal Address:

Belfast Detachment, Palace Barracks, Holywood. BFPO 806



07747 444 821 (Wednesdays 1930 - 2130)

At any other time call: 01383 425159



Location: See Map


Training Evening:

Tuesday 1930 - 2130


RMR Scotland


Richard Parvin

Lieutenant Colonel
Royal Marines
45 Cdo
Military experience

Lt Col Richard Parvin commissioned into the Royal Marines in 1995 having graduated from London Guildhall University. On completion of Royal Marines Young Officer training he joined 45 Commando Royal Marines in Scotland as a Troop Commander in Yankee Company.

During the following 10 years Lt Col Parvin held three more regimental posts within 45 Commando, serving as the Training Officer, Company Second in Command and Operations Officer participating in numerous deployments to Norway, the Mediterranean and South East Asia. He deployed on operations to Georgia as part of the United Nations Observer Mission, and on Operation JACANA in Afghanistan in 2002.

After attending the Defence Technology Course at the Royal Military College of Science, gaining a Master’s Degree from Cranfield University, Lt Col Parvin went on to attend the Advanced Command and Staff Course (ACSC) at Shrivenham in 2004/05.

From ACSC he was appointed to the Joint Force Headquarters as the principle staff officer to Commander Joint Force Operations. During this time he saw deployments to Israel providing military advice to the Middle East Peace Process on security in the West Bank and Gaza; to Beirut on Operation HIGHBROW to assist in the evacuation of British nationals in 2006; and subsequently to Iraq to help establish the Force Strategic Engagement Cell in HQ Multi-National Forces - Iraq.

Returning to 45 Commando in 2007 to command Yankee Company, Lt Col Parvin led his company in Norway, on exercises in the UK and on Operation HERRICK 9 in Afghanistan located in Forward Operating Base Inkerman in the upper Sangin Valley. On completion of sub-unit command, Lt Col Parvin was assigned to the MOD as part of a study to improve mental health support for personnel returning from operations.

Following promotion to Lt Col, he was posted to the Operations Directorate in the MOD as the lead policy officer for Defence’s contribution to overseas Counter-Terrorism and then subsequently to the Permanent Joint Headquarters to lead the operations team responsible for the daily oversight of overseas Counter-Terrorism and contingency operations.

Lt Col Parvin assumed command of Royal Marines Reserve Scotland in September 2013. He lives in Edinburgh, is a keen skier and mountaineer, enjoying city life and the great Scottish Outdoors.




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