43 Commando

43 Commando Fleet Protection Group

43 Commando Fleet Protection Group Royal Marines is a 550-strong Unit based at HM Naval Base Clyde in Scotland.

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Its primary mission is to prevent unauthorised access to the UK’s strategic nuclear deterrent through the provision of specialist military capability.  

Additionally, maritime boarding and sniper teams and the very high readiness Fleet Contingent Troop are deployed world wide to conduct specialist maritime security tasks in support of the Royal Navy.

Royal Marine teams from 43 Commando are currently deployed on counter-piracy, counter-narcotics, and maritime interdiction operations in the Middle East, Africa and the Caribbean.

There is also a detachment of cold weather warfare trained Royal Marines from the Unit deployed on the Royal Navy’s Ice Patrol Ship.

43 Commando is part of 3 Commando Brigade, the UK’s high readiness expeditionary amphibious force.


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Commandos go Dutch to perfect defence of uk's ultimate weapon

Commandos go Dutch to perfect defence of UKs ultimate weapon


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Royal Navy and Royal Marines march with pride in Glasgow

Royal Navy and Royal Marines march with pride in Glasgow

Royal Marines storm the Rock to protect Britain's ultimate weapon

Royal Marines storm the Rock to protect Britain's ultimate weapon

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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 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 Patwin

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

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.

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.

Location Global

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Unit History

Fleet protection Group Renamed2012

One of the most famous names in Royal Marines history returned with the re-formation of 43 Commando at Faslane - officially titled 43 Commando Fleet Protection Group Royal Marines.

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 Tony de Reya

Tony de Reya

Rank: Colonel

Tony de Reya was commissioned into the Royal Marines in 1993. He was appointed MBE in 2015. He was delighted to return to 43 Commando and assume command in July 2017.

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