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29 Commando Regiment

To become a Commando Gunner our soldiers must pass the arduous All Arms Commando Course held at Royal Marines Training Centre, Lympstone, which in turn earns them the right to proudly wear the coveted Green Beret.

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29 Commando Regiment Royal Artillery are spearhead troops trained as amphibious, mountain and arctic warfare specialists, but also can equally operate at the other extreme in the desert or jungle. 

The Commando Gunners are equipped with twelve 105mm Light Guns and also has Fire Support Teams (FSTs) trained to coordinate their firepower. The FST also coordinates other indirect fire support assets such as mortars, fast jets, attack helicopters and the guns from Royal Naval ships. The batteries operate around the world on ship with the Royal Marines. 

We have served in both Afghanistan and Iraq on recent operations and 29 Commando provide offensive fire support to 3 Commando Brigade Royal Marines. 

We are based across the length of the country; in Arbroath Scotland (7 Battery), Poole in Dorset (148 Battery) and Plymouth in Devon (8,79 and 23 Batteries). The Commando Gunners recruit from the South West of England but also attract Commando volunteers from all over the UK due to its dynamic split.

Plymouth's commando gunners train with Brittany peers

Plymouth's commando gunners train with Brittany peers


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Completed operation Cougar 13

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.

Preventing Conflict

The Royal Navy’s presence on the world stage sends a powerful message that the UK is committed to global affairs and provides a stabilising influence. In this way we prevent conflict on the high seas and protect the flow of international trade on which our nation depends.  

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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 Offcer Alex Janzen

Rank: Lieutenant Colonel

Lt Col Alex Janzen joined the Royal Marines in 1995, serving as a Troop Commander in Comacchio Group. He assumed command of 40 Commando Royal Marines in August 2013.

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