43 Commando

43 Commando Fleet Protection Group

43 Commando Fleet Protection Group Royal Marines is based at HM Naval Base Clyde on the West Coast of Scotland. April 2012 saw the unit became part of 3 Commando Brigade.

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The Group is over 500-strong and is made up of three rifle squadrons (O, R and S) plus an HQ squadron.

The Group's core task is to provide military support to undertake final denial of access to nuclear weapons in addition to supporting the multi-agency force that protects nuclear weapons convoys.

Additionally, specially trained teams are deployed at short notice to conduct tasks in support of the Royal Navy worldwide. Tasks have ranged from Force Protection in the Middle East, the Far East and in Africa, through to conducting non-compliant boarding operations in order to enforce UN resolutions in the Gulf.

Royal Marines from 43 Cdo FP Gp RM have recently been deployed on operations in the Northern Gulf and off Africa on counter-piracy duties providing specialist teams to carry out boarding and protection duties.


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Marines storm ferry during boarding exercise on Firth of Clyde


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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.

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    Alongside in her home port of Portsmouth Naval Base

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

Fleet protection Group Renamed2012

One of the most famous names in Royal Marines history returned with the re-formation of 43 Commando at Faslane - officially titled 43 Commando Fleet Protection Group Royal Marines.

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 Matt Pierson

Rank: Colonel

Col Matt Pierson was commissioned into the Royal Marines in 1988, he assumed command of 43 Commando, Fleet Protection Group Royal Marines in August 2013.

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