There is a proud heritage at Lympstone, from the initial Royal Marines training delivered on the current site through the adoption of the Commando role through to the current operating model

Lieutenant Colonel Tony de Reya, Chief of Staff for CTCRM Lympstone

Lieutenant Colonel Tony de Reya, CTCRM’s Chief of Staff said “There is a proud heritage at Lympstone, from the initial Royal Marines training delivered on the current site through the adoption of the Commando role through to the current operating model. 

"CTCRM remains one of the most effective training sites in UK Defence because everything is inter-related and we optimise one set of resources to train Marines for operations. We now just need to find a cake big enough for 1000 hungry trainees!”

CTCRM is the only site in Defence that has its own railway station - Lympstone Commando, which was opened in 1976 – and provides Defence with over 1000 trained students having successfully completed any of 137 different training courses on a site of less than 77 acres. 

The site now housing a cutting edge physical rehabilitation facility – Parker Hall – an outstanding Skills’ Learning Centre and Royal Marines recruits also participate in the national apprenticeship scheme too.

Major Rick Hall the Officer Commanding Base Company said, “Several sites near Exmouth had been considered from as early as 1938 for a new Royal Marines Training Camp.  In the end we got two, but the first to open its doors and the camp that endured was on the current site between Lympstone and Exton.  It was here that Cpl Tom Hunter, who won a posthumous VC in Italy in 1943, was trained."

Images taken by LA(Phot) Dean Nixon.

Images show Recruit Jacob Tobin 17, from Wigan, who was born on 17 February 1998 and is at Week 4 of 32 week’s of Royal Marines Recruit training. He is pictured sharing a  birthday cake with the oldest serving Marine on Camp, Warrant Officer 2 Adrian Basford 56, who joined the Royal Marines on 27 April 1976. Also pictured are CTCRM’s Commandant, Colonel Kevin Oliver and Regimental Sergeant Major Paul McArthur.

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