40 Commando

40 Commando

40 Commando is a battalion sized Royal Marines unit within 3 Commando Brigade, based near Taunton in Somerset.

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40 Commando were rapidly deployed for Operation Ruman, the UK Government's military response to providing vital humanitarian aid and supplies to the Caribbean islands devastated by Hurricane Irma in September 2017.

The commando unit was also previously deployed to Afghanistan on Operation Herrick in September 2012, with some 650 personnel committed to the Nahr-e Sarah district of Helmand.

Previous deployments have been to the Sangin region of Helmand Province, as well as tasking with the amphibious Cougar deployments to the Mediterranean – showing that the commando is an elite and flexible unit able to deploy anywhere in the world.

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Current operation Operation Ruman

Operation Ruman is the UK's military response to providing vital humanitarian aid and supplies to the Caribbean islands devastated by Hurricane Irma. The specialist humanitarian and disaster relief team on RFA Mounts Bay and her Wildcat helicopter are providing assistance to badly affected areas. Royal Marines from 40 Commando are helping to distribute aid and support local police. HMS Ocean has been diverted from the Mediterranean and is carrying a significant amount of aid and equipment.

  • Operation Ruman

    The UK is provided military support in order to supply humanitarian relief to the Caribbean Islands left devastated by Hurricane Irma in September 2017.

  • Operation Pitchpole

    Military personnel, including Royal Marines and sailors from the Royal Navy, provided support in the south and south-west of England to areas affected by floods as part of cross-Government and multi-agency relief efforts.

Providing humanitarian assistance

When natural or man-made disasters occur, a country’s infrastructure and resources can be crippled. With loss of electricity, shortage of food and water supplies, and human lives at risk – responding to such life-threatening scenarios is central to the Royal Navy’s ethos. Because we have the skills, equipment and know-how to go anywhere, regardless of potential damage to local infrastructure.

Providing security at sea

The UK has a responsibility to its citizens and its allies to endeavour to safeguard the high seas. This is why the Royal Navy protects home and international waters – making sure the global trade that Britain and the world depend on can proceed without a hitch.

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Unit History

Unit Formation1942

Formed in 1942, from A Commando, 40 Commando was the first RM Commando Unit. It saw early action during the raid on Dieppe in August of that year.

Italy - Yugoslavia1943

From 1943 to 1945 the Commando was involved in the Italian Campaign, at Termoli, Lake Comacchio and Yugoslavia. 


Following the second world war the Commando was deeply involved in Palestine acting as the rearguard in the Protectorate, leaving in 1948.


40 Commando moved to Singapore in 1961, where it was involved in operations during the confrontation with Indonesia throughout the following decade

Northern Ireland1971

Over the next decade the Commando found itself deployed to Northern Ireland four times. They also undertook an unexpected two month tour in Cyprus after the invasion by the Turkish Army.

Falkland islands1982

40 Commando deployed on Operation Corporate. On 21 May the Commando were among the first troops ashore and secured the beachhead at San Carlos.

The Eighties1983

The Eighties saw two tours in Northern Ireland to South Armagh, a six-month Peace-Keeping tour in Cyprus and a six month operational tour in Belize. 

A New Home1983

40 Commando relocated from Seaton Barracks, Plymouth to Norton Manor Camp near Taunton, Somerset

1991 - 19981991

In 1991 the Unit deployed to Northern Iraq to ensure the security of Kurdish refugees, followed by Northern Ireland tours, Norway winter deployments and a major Asia-Pacific Exercise.


In 1998 a substantial part of the Commando deployed to the Congo to ensure the safe evacuation of UK nationals from Kinshasa City.

THE New Millenium2000

The new millennium saw the Commando deploy to Northern Ireland and on their return they were the first Commando to reorganise under a new structural concept called Commando 21

operation Telic2003

On 20 March the unit mounted an amphibious helicopter assault on the Al Faw peninsula. As the first conventional troops on the ground, the strategic significance of the operation was immense.

Naval Task Group 20032003

The Unit deployed in its entirety in January 2003 in HMS Ocean, Ark Royal and RFAs Sir Galahad and Tristram. The group sailed through the Mediterranean and the Suez Canal bound for the Gulf.


In 2004 the Unit returned to Iraq as part of a multi-national division peace-support operation maintaining the security of the country's infrastructure .


The Unit conducted a series of amphibious deployments including large joint exercises in both Senegal in autumn 2005 and Sierra Leone in 2006. 

Operation Herrick2012

40 Commando deployed to the Helmand Province of Afghanistan where it continued the work of British forces and our multi-national partners to stabilise the country.

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 Paul Maynard

Rank: Lieutenant Colonel

Lieutenant Colonel Paul Maynard assumed command of 40 Commando Royal Marines in March 2017.

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