This is an historic event for the Corps, to have all the amphibious elements located in one location along with the headquarters and the amphibious assault ships.

Major John Fidler, Officer Commanding 10 Training Squadron

Officer Commanding 10 Training Squadron Major John Fidler said: “This is an historic event for the Corps, to have all the amphibious elements located in one location along with the headquarters and the amphibious assault ships.’’

Ninety permanent staff from Poole’s Hamworthy base have moved with the squadron. They will join Commandos of 539 Assault Squadron, previously based at Turnchapel, Plymouth, which has already completed their final move to RM Tamar.

Colonel Garth Manger, commanding officer of 1 Assault Squadron and Royal Marines Tamar, said: “It offers defence, the Royal Navy and the Royal Marines a modern, bespoke amphibious operating base capable of delivering support to worldwide operations, training and maintenance in a one-stop shop for amphibious troops and craft.”

The history of the Royal Marines’ involvement at Poole dates back to the latter stages of WWII when the base was re-assigned from the RAF and named HMS Turtle, tasked with the training of landing craft crews for D-Day. The branch and the Corps of Royal Marines has come a long way since then. 

D-Day marked the single largest involvement of Royal Marines in the Second World War with 17,500 men providing almost two thirds of the landing craft crews on the day. Now, especially with the drawdown of operations in Afghanistan, the focus of the Corps returns once again to its unique role within the UK’s defence – providing the UK’s amphibious manoeuvre capability.