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        42 Commando

        42 Commando

        42 Commando Royal Marines are one of three elite battalion-sized units which make up the global punch of 3 Commando Brigade.  They have recently returned from Cougar 13; an annual deployment of the UK’s high readiness Maritime Response Force Task Group (RFTG).  During Cougar 13 they deployed to the Mediterranean and the Gulf which saw them working with partner nations on a series of demanding exercises throughout the region.

        Elements of the Unit are currently conducting cold weather training in Norway.

        42 Commando launch dawn raid in Oman as part of exercise42 Commando launch dawn raid in Oman as part of exercise

        Based in Bickleigh, just outside Plymouth, 42 Commando (pronounced Four-Two, not Forty-Two) are currently Lead Commando Group which means that they will be the first unit called upon in case of short-notice operations anywhere around the world.”

        COMMANDING OFFICER

        Rich Cantrill

        RANK:
        Lieutenant Colonel
        JOINED:
        1996
        SPECIALISATION:
        Royal Marine
        PREVIOUS UNITS:
        42 Commando, 3 Commando Brigade
        Military experience

        Rich Cantrill joined the Royal Marines in 1996 and started his career as a troop commander in Comacchio Group. Subsequently specialising as a Mountain Leader he went on to command 42 Commando’s Reconnaissance Troop, deploying to Sierra Leone for Operations PALLISER and SILKMAN. For his part in Operation PALLISER he received a commendation from the Joint Commander.

        In 2003 he was selected as member of the Royal Navy ‘50th Anniversary’ Everest Expedition. Part of the final summit team, he reached a high point just 300 metres below the top before having to descend with frost-bitten fingers. On return to sea level (and with almost all of his fingers) he commanded the Brigade Patrol Troop before being promoted Major and attending Initial Command and Staff Course Land. Following staff training he spent a year as Adjutant 42 Commando before assuming command of Mountain Leader Company at Commando Training Centre where he was responsible for the delivery of trained Mountain & Cold Weather Warfare and Reconnaissance specialists to 3 Commando Brigade.

        In 2008 he assumed command of Lima Company, 42 Commando, deploying with the company to Afghanistan for Operation HERRICK 9. For his part in this operation he was awarded the Military Cross. Following a brief staff tour in the MOD Operations Directorate, he was selected for promotion to Lieutenant Colonel and attended Advanced Command and Staff Course 14. Third overall on the course he was awarded the prize for the top maritime student. Selected as Military Assistant to the Deputy Chief of Defence Staff for Military Strategy and Operations, he then spent a very busy and rewarding two years in the MOD. For this role he was awarded an OBE in the 2014 New Year Honours List.

        He assumed command of 42 Commando Royal Marines on 30 January 2014.


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        CURRENT STATUS: active
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        MISSION SUMMARY

        Cold Weather Training is a multinational exercise led by the Norwegian Armed Forces. While current operations are focussed on Afghanistan, it is vital that the Royal Navy maintains its amphibious capability in a cold weather environment. This training brings together the Royal Marines, assault ships and other Fleet assets, and the helicopters of the Fleet Air Arm.

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        MISSION SUMMARY

        Operation Patwin was the principal humanitarian relief operation to which the UK armed forces contributed in 2013. The armed forces supported Department for International Development efforts using assets including HMS Illustrious, HMS Daring, two RAF C-17 strategic lift aircraft, an RAF C-130 tactical lift aircraft and a logistics support team in the Philippines.

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