Royal Artillery

29 Commando Regiment

To become a Commando Gunner our soldiers must pass the arduous All Arms Commando Course held at Royal Marines Training Centre, Lympstone, which in turn earns them the right to proudly wear the coveted Green Beret.

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29 Commando Regiment Royal Artillery are spearhead troops trained as amphibious, mountain and arctic warfare specialists, but also can equally operate at the other extreme in the desert or jungle. 

The Commando Gunners are equipped with twelve 105mm Light Guns and also has Fire Support Teams (FSTs) trained to coordinate their firepower. The FST also coordinates other indirect fire support assets such as mortars, fast jets, attack helicopters and the guns from Royal Naval ships. The batteries operate around the world on ship with the Royal Marines. 

We have served in both Afghanistan and Iraq on recent operations and 29 Commando provide offensive fire support to 3 Commando Brigade Royal Marines. 

We are based across the length of the country; in Arbroath Scotland (7 Battery), Poole in Dorset (148 Battery) and Plymouth in Devon (8,79 and 23 Batteries). The Commando Gunners recruit from the South West of England but also attract Commando volunteers from all over the UK due to its dynamic split.

Commando gunners rescue yacht crew off Tenerife


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Commando gunners’ refiner in North Carolina

Commando gunners' refiner in North Carolina


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Operation Training

Royal Marines are routinely put through their paces in preparation for commencing or returning to front line operations, or for rapid deployment at a moment's notice as required by the Government of the United Kingdom.

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.

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 a deterrent the effect on the economy would be overwhelming.

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Royal Marines 354

On 28th October 2018 the Royal Marines will celebrate their 354th anniversary. 354 years of unbroken service, of protecting the Nation's security. 354 years of timeless distinction. 

354 years of the Royal Marines

Commanding Officer Mark Dornan

Rank: Lieutenant Colonel

Lieutenant Colonel Mark Dornan was commissioned into the Royal Regiment of Artillery in December 1997.

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