MIL British Royal Marines

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  1. kidhero

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    Can someone enlighten me on how the British Royal Marines is organized? Are they all combat commandos? Are they all infantry personnel? What are some of the military jobs that they have?
     
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    Units of the Royal Marines

    * 3 Commando Brigade: The main formation of the Royal Marines, 3 Commando Brigade contains the following units belonging to the Corps itself.
    o Command Support Group
    o 40 Commando (Based at Norton Manor Camp, Taunton, Somerset)
    o 42 Commando (Based at Bickleigh Barracks, Plymouth, Devon)
    o 45 Commando (Based at RM Condor, Arbroath, Scotland)
    o 539 Assault Squadron
    o Commando Logistic Regiment
    * 1 Assault Group: This provides training in the use of landing craft, and also serves as a parent unit for the three assault squadrons based on the Royal Navy's assault ships.
    o 4 Assault Squadron - HMS Bulwark
    o 6 Assault Squadron - HMS Albion
    o 9 Assault Squadron - HMS Ocean
    * Fleet Protection Group: This is the home defence unit of the Royal Marines, performing various tasks outside the remit of 3 Commando Brigade, including protection of nuclear weapons and provision for the Northern Ireland patrol squadron. The FPG maintains the traditions of 43 Commando.
    * Commando Training Centre: This is the training unit for the entire corps, and consists of three separate sections:
    o Commando Training Wing: This is the initial basic commando training section for new recruits to the Royal Marines, and also provides the commando training for members of other units attached to 3 Commando Brigade.
    o Specialist Wing. This provides specialist training following completion of the initial commando course.
    o Command Wing: This provides command training for both officers and NCOs of the Royal Marines.
    * Royal Marines Band Service: The only branch of the Royal Marines which admits women and whose members are not necessarily commando-trained (and therefore may wear blue berets instead of green), the Band Service provides all the regular bands for the Royal Navy and also trains the RN Volunteer Bands.
     
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    Organization
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    Commandos

    3 Commando Brigade is the collective name for all of the Royal Marine units. There are four main battalion sized combat units within the Royal Marines. Of these, three are designated as "Commandos":

    * 40 Commando (known as Forty Commando)
    * 42 Commando (known as Four Two Commando)
    * 45 Commando (known as Four Five Commando).

    Until recently, Commandos were structured similarly to light infantry battalions, but beginning in the late 1990s, commandos were reorganised to meet the new challenges present after the end of the Cold War, and their formation structure and equipment now differs from that of British Army infantry battalions.

    A commando is now commanded by a full colonel, as opposed to the lieutenant-colonels who command infantry battalions (and previously also commanded RM commandos). Since Royal Marines officers are more senior than British Army officers of equivalent rank - and usually older - this importance of this distinction cannot be easily overstated.

    In a commando, a Royal Marine is a member of "the team", a four-man fire team, the building block of commando operations. A Royal Marine works with his team in the field and lives with them in his accommodation (if he lives in barracks).

    The three battalion-sized Royal Marine Commandos are each organized into six companies (themselves organised into platoon-sized troops) as follows:

    * One Command Company
    o Main HQ
    o Tactical HQ
    o Reconnaissance Troop (includes a sniper section)
    o Mortar Troop (81mm) (Includes 4 MFC pairs)
    o AT Troop (Milan - to be replaced Javelin ATGW)
    o Medium Machine Gun Troop
    * One Logistic Company
    o A Echelon 1 (A Ech1)
    o A Echelon 2 (A Ech2)
    o FRT
    o RAP
    o B Echelon (B Ech)
    * Two Close Combat Companies
    o Company Headquarters (Coy HQ)
    o 3 Close Combat Troops (Troop HQ, 3 Rifle Sections, Manoeuvre Support Section)
    * Two Stand Off Companies
    o Company Headquarters (Coy HQ)
    o Heavy Machine Gun (HMG) Troop (0.5" heavy machine guns)
    o Anti-Tank Troop (Milan - to be replaced with Javelin)
    o Close Combat Troop

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    Fleet Protection Group

    See Fleet Protection Group Royal Marines.

    The Fleet Protection Group is responsible for the guarding and protection of the United Kingdom's nuclear deterrent and other security-related duties. It is commando-sized and carries the colours and honours of the old 43 Commando
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    Amphibious Ready Group
    Royal Marines in a Rigid Raider assault watercraft

    The Amphibious Ready Group is a mobile, balanced amphibious force, based on a Commando Group and its supporting assets, that can be kept at high readiness to deploy into an area of operations. The Amphibious Ready Group is normally based around specialist amphibious ships, most notably HMS Ocean, the largest ship in the fleet. Ocean was designed and built to accommodate an embarked commando and its associated stores and equipment. The strategy of the Amphibious Ready Group is to wait "beyond the horizon" and then deploy swiftly as directed by HM Government. The whole amphibious force is intended to be self-sustaining and capable of operating without host-nation support. The concept was successfully tested in operations in Sierra Leone.
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    Supporting units
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    3 Commando Brigade attachments

    3 Commando Brigade not only consists of Royal Marines units, but also of combat support elements provided by other branches of the armed forces, mainly the Army. These include:

    * The Commando Logistic Regiment (consisting of both RM and Army personnel)
    * 29 Commando Regiment Royal Artillery (based in Plymouth) (Army)
    * 59 Independent Commando Squadron Royal Engineers (Army) (based at Chivenor, near Barnstaple)
    * 539 Assault Squadron (based at Turnchapel, at the mouth of the River Plym).

    These units provide the specialist artillery, combat service logistic, signals, and engineer support for the Brigade. All Army ranks serving with the brigade also undergo commando training on the All Arms Commando Course.

    As part of the re-organisation of the armed forces announced in 2004, it was decided that the engineering support for 3 Commando Brigade would be increased to a full regiment, with the formation of 24 Commando Engineer Regiment Royal Engineers (into which 59 Commando Squadron will be absorbed), bringing it in line with the other deployable brigades of the British Army.

    In practice in specific operations 3 Commando Brigade is configured to the task at hand with the attachment or detachment of units. For instance in the 1982 Falklands War two battalions of Parachute Regiment and a squadron of light tanks were attached to the brigade. In the Al Faw operation in 2002, the USMC's 15th MEU (SOC) was attached as the brigade's third "Commando" alongside 40 and 42 Commando.
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    Commando Helicopter Force

    The Fleet Air Arm Commando Helicopter Force uses both Sea King transport and Lynx attack helicopters to provide aviation support for the Royal Marines. It consists of both Royal Navy and Royal Marine personnel.
     
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    I went on a couple of TDY's with them back in the early 80's. Both up in the countryside around northern England/southern Scotland. Good times were had by all. :bigthumb:
     

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