40 Commando

This light infantry unit is made up of some of the toughest marines in the Royal Navy. From scorching deserts to the Arctic tundra, the elite troops of 40 Commando wear the Green Beret with pride wherever they’re deployed.

Facts & figures

Facts & figures


Years of loyal service by the Royal Marines


Number of battle honours


Number of companies

Our skills

Our skills

As a light infantry unit, the personnel undertake a wide variety of operational tasks. Together, their roles and responsibilities include:

  • Rapid reaction
  • Amphibious warfare
  • Arctic warfare
  • Mountain warfare
  • Expeditionary warfare
  • Humanitarian support
  • Disaster relief

Our operations

Current operation


United Kingdom

Previous deployment

Saif Sareea 3

Our base

Our base

United Kingdom

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Commanding Officer

Lieutenant Colonel Paul Maynard

Lieutenant Colonel Paul Maynard assumed command of 40 Commando Royal Marines in March 2017.

40 Commando’s role

Trained for rapid worldwide deployment, the troops of 40 Commando are highly skilled, adaptable, and capable of combating a wide range of threats, while their light infantry role means that they are adept at engaging enemy troops in challenging terrain.

Since its formation in 1942, 40 Commando has served in every major British conflict, playing a pivotal role in several notable campaigns and operations.

Unit history

Royal Navy careers

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