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The Royal Marines are the amphibious commando force of the Royal Navy. In recent times, the Royal Marine Commandos have been deployed to Afghanistan and played a major part in the invasion of Iraq in 2003.
Elite UK Force's section on the Royal Marines features:
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3 Commando Brigade
The Royal Marines (or 'Bootnecks' as they call themselves), in the form of 3 Commando Brigade, are a key element of the UK's Rapid Reaction Force.
The primary fighting elements of the Royal Marines are the battalion-sized Commando units.
Royal Marines Operational History
The Royal Marines have a long history, beginning as ship-borne troops, evolving into Commandos during World War 2, to the elite fighting force of today.
more info : Royal Marines Operations
Special Forces Support
1 company (F Coy) of Royal Marines are assigned to the Special Forces Support Group (SFSG).
Each commando battalion contains specialists in mountain and arctic warfare, known as Mountain Leaders (MLs). Mountain Leaders are proficient in cliff assaults, high altitude warfare and skiing.
The Royal Marines employ some specialised vehicles. These include:
The Royal Marines operate a range of watercraft:
Royal Marines Selection & Training
The Royal Marines go through extensive training. An initial selection period is followed by a 32 week training program.
more info : initial Royal Marines selection »
Royal Marines Special Units
There are several specialised RM sub units :
Royal Marines Reserves (RMR)
The regular Commandos are augmented by fully trained civlian volunteers from 5 RMR units
more info : Royal Marines Reserves »
Other Royal Marines Units
HOW TO JOIN THE SPECIAL FORCES