539 Assault Squadron

539 Assault Squadron

539 Assault Squadron Royal Marines is a vital link in the Corps' chain, allowing 3 Commando Brigade to transfer onto land from the sea or river. It can operate amphibious Viking vehicles to deliver force into territories.

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The unit served with distinction in Iraq's Al Faw peninsula during operations in the last decade, but it has also operated around the world with the Royal Navy's amphibious ships HMS Albion and HMS Bulwark and the helicopter carrier HMS Ocean.

Throughout the summer of 2012 the unit contributed to the Royal Navy’s role in Olympic security. It was one of the Commando units taking part in the Cougar 2012 amphibious deployment to the Mediterranean.


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UK flagship HMS Albion arrives in Oman

UK flagship HMS Albion arrives in Oman to lead biggest exercise in 15 years

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Operation Saif Sareea 3

Saif Sareea is one of the largest international military exercises in the world. More than 4,000 British sailors, soldiers and air crews will be tested in the punishing sands of the desert of Oman alongside colleagues from the host nation. It is intended to reinforce the long-standing and close military relationship between Britain and Oman, strengthening our ability to provide security and safeguard UK prosperity in a vital part of the world.

International partnerships

As the fifth largest economy in the world, the UK has responsibilities towards its allies and partners. But Britain also has global ambitions – namely to protect the seaways underpinning the country’s prosperity. The Royal Navy plays a crucial role in fostering these enduring and lasting alliances with other nations.

Ready to fight

When diplomacy fails, the UK has to be ready to protect its interests and its allies. What’s more, as a member of NATO and the UN, the UK also acts to support the enforcement of UN resolutions and come to the aid of our allies. This is where the Royal Marines come in: we train to go where we’re needed – by sea, land or air – and deploy our forces with the aim of restoring peace.

Location Oman

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Unit History

London Olympics2012

Throughout the summer of 2012 the unit contributed to the Royal Navy’s role in the security of the London Olympic Games

Commanding Officer Tristan Harris

Rank: Lieutenant Colonel

Lt Col Harris was commissioned into the Royal Marines in September 1991. He assumed command of 539 Assault Squadron Royal Marines on 1 October 2012.

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