539 Assault Squadron

Viking Squadron

As part of Commando Logistics Regiment, Viking Squadron are 3 Commando Brigade’s experts in Protected Mobility. Operating the formidable, highly mobile Viking All-Terrain Vehicle (Protected), they support the Lead Commando Group both on land and at sea.

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It has greater step, wade, swim and gap-crossing that any other Armoured Fighting Vehicle and has the ability to move rapidly across the majority of terrain to outmanoeuvre the enemy.  The Viking’s ability to swim allows the Brigade to deploy forces rapidly across the Area of Operations in support of the Commander’s plan. 

Although the primary role of Viking is in Protected Mobility for the Marines it transports, it is also often used in battlefield reconnaissance, fire support and as a command platform.  Having proved itself in action during numerous tours of Helmand Province, Afghanistan, its main focus now is on amphibious assault, delivering Marines to the beaches and beyond.

Based at Stanley Barracks, Bovington Garrison in Dorset, the squadron comes under the command of the Commanding Officer of CLR RM.


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Vikings return to Norway as Royal Marines train Americans


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Current operation Saif Sareea 3

Saif Sareea is one of the largest international military exercises in the world. More than 4,000 British sailors, soldiers and air crews will be tested in the punishing sands of the desert of Oman alongside colleagues from the host nation. It is intended to reinforce the long-standing and close military relationship between Britain and Oman, strengthening our ability to provide security and safeguard UK prosperity in a vital part of the world.

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.

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.

Location Oman

Location Bovington

Bovington Garrison, Wareham, Dorset


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The Viking all terrain vehicle can deploy quickly in jungle, desert or arctic conditions

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