42’s Kilo Company are the SALT experts – small, highly-specialised teams who Support, Augment, Liaise and Train either other UK units, Allied forces, or front-line operations.

Lima Company are now responsible for Joint Personnel Recovery – rescuing aircrew or fellow marines/soldiers who are isolated, missing, detained or captured in an operational environment – in particular fliers aboard HMS Queen Elizabeth.

And finally 42’s Mike Company provide force protection teams to RN and RFA ships passing through high threat areas around the globe.

With these new roles now in place, all serving members of 42 who were not deployed, plus families and friends, turned out for the parade, followed by a families day.

Admiral Key took the salute with 3 Commando Brigade’s Commanding Officer Brig Gwyn Jenkins also present.

Formalities over, the fun day/open afternoon began as the gates of the base were opened to locals, veterans, and families.

Youngsters – and adults – were let loose on a range of fun activities from NERF gun ranges and bouncy castles, to a fun fair, mini Land Rovers, and an inter-company tug-of-war contest (won by Mike Coy).

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