30 Commando IX Group

30 Commando Information Exploitation Group formed in the darkest days of the Second World War and serves today as the ‘eyes and ears’ of 3 Commando Brigade. 

30 Commando Information Exploitation Group was formed in the darkest days of the Second World War by Ian Flemming, a Naval Intelligence Officer and author of the 007 novels.

The Unit was instrumental in stealing top secret German technology, including the Enigma machine.

Its motto – Attain by Surprise – is something the unit holds dear to this day. 

30 Commando remains at the cutting edge of defence today. It constantly adapts to changes in technology, making sure Commando Forces are the first to understand, the first to adapt and the first to overcome.

Facts & figures

Facts & figures


Formed by Ian Flemming


Established during the Second World War


Weeks of training to become a Royal Marines Officer

Our skills

Our skills

30 Commando Information Exploitation Group is made up of six skilled squadrons:

  • Surveillance and Reconnaissance Squadron
  • Communications Squadron
  • Air Defence Troop
  • Y Squadron
  • Royal Marine Police Troop
  • Headquarters including the Intelligence Cell.

Our base

Our base


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Commanding Officer

Lieutenant Colonel R Alston

All about 30 Commando Information Exploitation Group

30 Commando is a diverse, ever-evolving unit, made up of the best and the brightest Britain has to offer. 

Surveillance and Reconnaissance Squadron deploys ahead of the main force for reconnaissance behind enemy lines. A team of Royal Marines Mountain Leaders in the main, they operate in small groups, providing the initial battle picture to 3 Commando Brigade.

Y Squadron are the Royal Marines Electronic Warfare specialists. Always listening, they locate, intercept and disrupt enemy transmissions.

Communications Squadron provides the linkages and networks that are essential for our operations. Highly trained in advanced communication methods, they keep Headquarters connected to the wider Brigade.

Air Defence Troop protect the Commando Forces from air attack. Using the High Velocity Missile System, they destroy enemy aircraft.

Royal Marines Police protect key personnel such as visiting dignitaries and foreign officials. They also provide training and assistance to police forces around the world.

30 Commando Headquarters fuses information and intelligence from the squadrons together to generate understanding for the wider Brigade.

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