42 Commando

42 Commando

42 Commando Royal Marines are one of three elite battalion-sized units which make up the global punch of 3 Commando Brigade.  During Cougar 13 they deployed to the Mediterranean which saw them working with partner nations on a series of demanding exercises.

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Based in Bickleigh, just outside Plymouth, 42 Commando (pronounced Four-Two, not forty-two) are currently Lead Commando Group which means that they will be the first unit called upon in case of short-notice operations anywhere around the world.

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Current operation Maritime security

British ships and units are committed to operations around the world. Operations focus on maritime security, reassurance and wider regional engagement to build regional maritime capability.

  • Operation Patwin

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

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.  

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 deterrent the effect on the economy would be overwhelming.

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Unit History

Unit Formation1942

Formed in 1942, from A Commando, 40 Commando was the first RM Commando Unit. It saw early action during the raid on Dieppe in August of that year.

Italy - Yugoslavia1943

From 1943 to 1945 the Commando was involved in the Italian Campaign, at Termoli, Lake Comacchio and Yugoslavia. 

Palestine1946

Following the second world war the Commando was deeply involved in Palestine acting as the rearguard in the Protectorate, leaving in 1948.

Singapore1961

40 Commando moved to Singapore in 1961, where it was involved in operations during the confrontation with Indonesia throughout the following decade

Northern Ireland1971

Over the next decade the Commando found itself deployed to Northern Ireland four times. They also undertook an unexpected two month tour in Cyprus after the invasion by the Turkish Army.

Falkland islands1982

40 Commando deployed on Operation Corporate. On 21 May the Commando were among the first troops ashore and secured the beachhead at San Carlos.

A New Home1983

40 Commando relocated from Seaton Barracks, Plymouth to Norton Manor Camp near Taunton, Somerset

The Eighties1983

The Eighties saw two tours in Northern Ireland to South Armagh, a six-month Peace-Keeping tour in Cyprus and a six month operational tour in Belize. 

1991 - 19981991

In 1991 the Unit deployed to Northern Iraq to ensure the security of Kurdish refugees, followed by Northern Ireland tours, Norway winter deployments and a major Asia-Pacific Exercise.

Congo1998

In 1998 a substantial part of the Commando deployed to the Congo to ensure the safe evacuation of UK nationals from Kinshasa City.

THE New Millenium2000

The new millennium saw the Commando deploy to Northern Ireland and on their return they were the first Commando to reorganise under a new structural concept called Commando 21

operation Telic2003

On 20 March the unit mounted an amphibious helicopter assault on the Al Faw peninsula. As the first conventional troops on the ground, the strategic significance of the operation was immense.

Naval Task Group 20032003

The Unit deployed in its entirety in January 2003 in HMS Ocean, Ark Royal and RFAs Sir Galahad and Tristram. The group sailed through the Mediterranean and the Suez Canal bound for the Gulf.

Iraq2004

In 2004 the Unit returned to Iraq as part of a multi-national division peace-support operation maintaining the security of the country's infrastructure .

2005-062005

The Unit conducted a series of amphibious deployments including large joint exercises in both Senegal in autumn 2005 and Sierra Leone in 2006. 

Operation Herrick2012

40 Commando deployed to the Helmand Province of Afghanistan where it continued the work of British forces and our multi-national partners to stabilise the country.

Royal Marines 350

This year the Royal Marines celebrate 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 Rich Cantrill

Rank: Lieutenant Colonel

Lieutenant Colonel Rich Cantrill joined the Royal Marines in 1996, he assumed command of 42 Commando Royal Marines on 30 January 2014.

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