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        539 Assault Squadron

        539 Assault Squadron

        539 Assault Squadron Royal Marines is a vital link in the Corps' chain, allowing 3 Commando Brigade to transfer onto land from the sea or river. It can operate amphibious Viking vehicles to deliver force into territories, something which the unit has done several times since it was created in the aftermath of the Falklands War.

        539 Assualt Sqaudron

        The unit served with distinction in Iraq's Al Faw peninsula during operations in the last decade, but it has also operated around the world with the Royal Navy's amphibious ships HMS Albion and HMS Bulwark and the helicopter carrier HMS Ocean.

        Throughout the summer of 2012 the unit contributed to the Royal Navy’s role in Olympic security. It was one of the Commando units taking part in the Cougar 2012 amphibious deployment to the Mediterranean.

        COMMANDING OFFICER

        Tristan Harris

        Tristan Harris
        RANK:
        Lieutenant Colonel
        JOINED:
        1991
        SPECIALISATION:
        Royal Marines
        PREVIOUS UNITS:
        42 Cdo, 45 Cdo
        Military experience

        Lieutenant Colonel Harris was commissioned into the Royal Marines in September 1991 and following training served as a Platoon Commander with the 3rd Royal Irish Regiment.

        Following a series of unit appointments in 42 Commando he qualified as a Mountain Leader Officer in April 1997. As an MLO he has held both Unit and Staff appointments in 45 Commando and Brigade Patrol troop.

        Lieutenant Colonel Harris attended the Advanced Command and Staff College in September 2006 and on completion became a unit Operations Officer prior to being selected for sub-unit command.

        He was awarded an MBE in the September 2009 Operational Honours list.

        In June 2010 he was promoted to his current rank and he assumed command of 539 Assault Squadron Royal Marines / Armoured Support Group Royal Marines on 1 October 2012.

        Lieutenant Colonel Harris has 2 children.


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        MISSION SUMMARY

        Cougar is an amphibious task force exercising in the Mediterranean. The Response Force Task Group (RFTG) is the Royal Navy’s High Readiness Task Group. It has a number of units assigned to it including a helicopter carrier, an assault ship, two frigates, as well as a Royal Fleet Auxiliary support ship and Commando units, and several Fleet Air Arm squadrons.

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        Operation Olympics

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        MISSION SUMMARY

        Operation Olympics is the codename for the massive military effort to provide security and assistance to the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. Some 2,600 sailors, Royal Marines, Fleet Air Arm and RFA personnel are involved from flag raisers at medal ceremonies to venue security, floating command centres, eyes in the sky and helicopters and boats on patrol safeguarding venues.

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