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About the Royal Marines

The Royal Marines are famous the world over as the Royal Navy’s soldiers at sea. Tough and resilient, a Commando is part of a special brotherhood serving globally 24 hours a day. From the Arctic to Afghanistan, Royals are making their mark.

  • 40 Commando

    40 Commando is a battalion sized Unit providing part of 3 Commando Brigade’s amphibious warfare capability.

    40 Commando Alpha Company in action in Afghanistan
  • 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 feel the desert heat in California
  • 45 Commando

    For a long time Britain’s experts in cold weather warfare, the men of 45 Commando, have spent most of the past decade surrounded by sand; either on operations in Iraq or Afghanistan. However last autumn saw the Commando return to their natural habitat and the Unit deployed on an amphibious deployment to the Mediterranean (COUGAR 2012). 45 Commando spent a year as the UK’s Very high readiness Lead Commando Unit before handing this baton to 42 Commando in May this year.

    Royal Marines Storm Former Cold War Base
  • 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
  • 29 Commando
  • 59 and 131 Commando
  • Commando Logistic Regiment

    Commando Logistic Regiment Royal Marines (CLR) is situated at Chivenor in North Devon. It is home to about 620 personnel from all three services, including Mechanical Engineers, Medics and Logisticians. No other unit has such an eclectic mix of cap badges working together.

    Commando Logistics Regiment




Television company film at Commando Training Centre
08 April 2014

Television production company Twofour Broadcast have recently completed six weeks...

Royal Marines launch final attack as part of Exercise Joint Warrior
07 April 2014

As the mist rose on the damp fields of Edingham...

Royal Marines prepare for final assault as first week of Europe’s biggest war game end
04 April 2014

The first week of the biggest military exercise in Europe...

Novice Royal Marines sail 1664 Challenge yacht to Norway
Novice Royal Marines sail 1664 Challenge yacht to Norway
04 April 2014

The yacht that will take the Royal Marines 1664 Challengers...

Current jobs

Royal Marines Officer

It takes a special state of mind to be a Royal Marines officer. Because you will lead your men during vital missions – in all weather, all circumstances and across every terrain. You’ll need to excel in leadership, planning, tactics and...
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Royal Marines Commando

When you join the Royal Marine Commandos you join the Royal Navy’s elite amphibious (landing from the sea) force. Nothing stands in our way. Because our training allows us to operate in some of the most extreme environments. Most Royal Marines...
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Royal Marines Reserve

As a Royal Marines Reservist, you'll be one of about 600 people who combine their civilian day jobs with serving part-time as fully-trained Commandos.  Most have no previous military experience.  What we have in common is that we're all volunteers.  Like the...
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