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40 Commando

40 Commando (pronounced 'Forty Commando') is a battalion-sized component of 3 Commando Brigade. The Commando is based at Norton Manor Camp outside Taunton, Somerset.

40 Commando Organisation

Like 42 and 45 Commando, 40 Commando is made up of 6 companies:

  • Command Company
  • Logistics Company
  • Alpha Company (A Coy) (Close Combat Company)
  • Bravo Company (B Coy) (Stand Off Company)
  • Charlie Company (C Coy) (Close Combat Company)
  • Delta Company (D Coy) (Stand Off Company)

For a breakdown of what each type of company contains, see the main Royal Marines page

40 Commando Recent History


40 Commando played a major role in the opening moves of Operation Telic 1, the British component of the US-led coalition's invasion of Iraq. On night of March 20th 2003, 40 Commando took part in an amphibous helicopter assault to sieze the Al-Faw Peninsula. They were among the first conventional forces to put boots down on Iraqi soil.

Post-invasion Iraq was the venue for the return of 40 Commando to the country in 2004. Their tour included operations in southern Iraq and an attachment to the Black Watch Battlegroup who were operating in the north.


40 Commando's first deployment to Helmand Province, Afgansitan, was for Operation Herrick 7 (October 2007-April 2008), as part of 52nd Infantry Brigade. They would later return for Herrick 12 (April - October 2010), this time with 4th Mechanized Brigade. Their final tour, again with 4th Mechanized Brigade, was for Herrick 17 (October 2012 - April 2013). They were last Royal Marines Commando to deploy to Afghanistan.

40 Commando Photos

40 Commando Royal Marines
Royal Marines with Alpha Company, 40 Commando pictured in the dust storm created by helicopters while on an operation in Afghanistan, January 2013.
Image by LA(Phot) Rhys O'Leary | © UK MOD / Crown Copyright 2013
Used under Open Government Licence

40 Commando Afghanistan
A Delta Company foot patrol pictured near Kajaki dam, Afghanistan.
Image by LA(Phot) Si Ethell | © UK MOD / Crown Copyright 2010
Used under Open Government Licence

40 Commando Amphibious
40 Commando demonstrate their amphibious capabilities and carry out a beach assault via landing craft
Image by LA(Phot) Bernie Henesy | © UK MOD / Crown Copyright 2009
Used under Open Government Licence

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