42 Commando

42 Commando

42 Commando Royal Marines are one of three elite battalion sized units which make up the global punch of 3 Commando Brigade.

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42 Commando deliver a combination of capabilities including: high threat capacity-building and training of overseas partnered forces; Ships Force Protection Teams; training to indigenous forces; maritime interdiction and boarding operations; UK resilience and support to the Queen Elizabeth Class Carriers.

Based in Bickleigh, just outside of Plymouth, 42 Commando is made up of specialist teams ready to deploy around the world to deliver Maritime Security, Support and Training to foreign nations and specialist amphibious support across Defence.

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Royal Marines launch ‘assault’ from HMS Queen Elizabeth

Royal Marines launch 'assault' from HMS Queen Elizabeth


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Current operation Maritime security

British ships and units, which include the Royal Marines, are committed to operations around the world. Operations focus on maritime security, reassurance and wider regional engagement to build regional maritime capability.

  • Operation Patwin

    Operation Patwin is the military component of the UK’s humanitarian aid mission to the Philippines after the ravages of Typhoon Haiyan.

  • Cold Weather Training

    Cold Weather training brings together ships, aircraft and marines in the Arctic

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.

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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Unit History


The Commandos were formed during the darkest days of the Second World War and as the war progressed, more men were needed for this very specialist role. In 1942 two Royal Marines Commandos were formed;

42 Commando1943

Soon even more men were needed and No.42 (Royal Marine) Commando was raised in August 1943. After arduous training at Achnacarry, the unit was assigned to the 3rd Special Service Brigade and served in India and Burma taking part in operations in the Arakan and Assam, including a series of amphibious landings down the Burmese coastline.

Hong Kong1945

At the end of the war ‘42’ was moved to Hong Kong. The unit was involved in operations during the confrontation with Indonesia (Borneo). It was during this tour that the audacious Limbang Raid was conducted by Lima Company. Throughout the following decade it was based in Singapore at HMS Simbang.

Northern Ireland1971

After returning to the UK, the Commando was deployed to Northern Ireland, the New Hebrides and exercised regularly overseas.


In 1982 the unit deployed as part of the Falklands Task Force and played it’s part in the recapture of the Islands, gaining the unit’s memorable date for the assault on Mount Harriet. More recently the Commando has seen operational service in South Georgia, Montserrat, Iraq and Afghanistan.

Operation TELIC2003

The new millennium saw ‘42’ deploy on Operation TELIC for the invasion of Iraq in 2003.

Operation HERRICK2006

They served on three tours of Operation HERRICK in Afghanistan, 2006/2007, 2008/2009 and HERRICK 14 in 2011 when the unit carried out it’s last operational tour of Afghanistan.

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 Ben Halsted RM MBE

Rank: Lieutenant Colonel

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