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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 marks Somme centenary

Plymouth marks Somme centenary


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Current operation Training

The Unit is currently training in preparation for their next major deployment

  • Operation Patwin

    Operation Patwin is the military component of the UK’s humanitarian aid mission to the Philippines after the ravages of Typhoon Haiyan.

  • Cold Weather Training

    Cold Weather training brings together ships, aircraft and marines in the Arctic

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.

Protecting our economy

Maritime trade is the lifeblood of the UK economy and industry. 95% of Britain’s economic activity depends on the oceans. And every year Britain imports goods worth £524 billion.

The UK is so dependent on the seas for its prosperity, that without the Royal Navy acting as a deterrent the effect on the economy would be overwhelming.

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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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