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.

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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.

Royal Marines hone their jungle fighting skills

Royal Marines hone their jungle fighting skills

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539 Assault Squadron Royal Marines prepare for cold weather training in Norway

Royal Marines prepare for cold weather training in Norway

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Operation Cold Weather Training

Cold Weather Training is a multinational exercise led by the Norwegian Armed Forces.  

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.

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.

International partnerships

As the fifth largest economy in the world, the UK has responsibilities towards its allies and partners. But Britain also has global ambitions – namely to protect the seaways underpinning the country’s prosperity. The Royal Navy plays a crucial role in fostering these enduring and lasting alliances with other nations.

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Unit History

London Olympics2012

Throughout the summer of 2012 the unit contributed to the Royal Navy’s role in the security of the London Olympic Games

Royal Marines 350

In 2014 the Royal Marines celebrated their 350th anniversary. 350 years of unbroken service, of protecting the Nation's security. 350 years of timeless distinction. 

350 years of the Royal Marines

Commanding Officer Tristan Harris

Rank: Lieutenant Colonel

Lt Col Harris was commissioned into the Royal Marines in September 1991. He assumed command of 539 Assault Squadron Royal Marines on 1 October 2012.

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