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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Rainbow flag with serving members of Royal Navy and Royal Marines personnel at HM Naval Base Clyde

Rainbow flag flies at naval base in Scotland


43 Commando Fleet Protection Group Latest News

Royal Marines share cold weather skills with Allies in wintry Poland


Clyde based Marines test Scottish Rugby Academy’s Commando Mindset

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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.

  • Antarctic patrol

    Surveying, gathering data and upholding environmental regulations in the seas around Antarctica.

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.

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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