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539 Assault Squadron

539 Assault Squadron (539 ASRM) provide 3 Commando Brigade (3 Cdo Bde) with an amphibious capability. Their role is to deliver 3 Cdo Bde raidng parties onto land from water and to carry out patrols on the sea and along waterways.

The Squadron operates a range of boats and other watercraft

offshore raiding craft
Royal Marines come ashore via Offshore Raiding Craft (ORC) piloted by 539 ASRM during training in Norway.
Image by PO Phot Donny Osmond | © UK MOD / Crown Copyright 2016
Used under Open Government Licence

539 ASRM are based at RM Tamar in Devonport Naval Base,

The unit includes several Raiding Troops and a Support Troop. Other elements include:

Squadron Reconnaissance Team (SRT)

539 ASRM's Squadron Recce Teams are six-man teams that carry out beach reconnaissance ahead of an amphibious landing by 3 Commando Brigade.

more info : Squadron Reconnaissance Team

Armoured Support Group Royal Marines

The ASGRM operates the Viking ATV(P) in support of the Lead Commando Group.

more info : Armoured Support Group

hovercraft
A LCAC(LR) hovercraft. The LCAC can transport 16 Royal Marines and its 2 crew over water, ice, mud, beach, marsh lands. The (LR) models replaced the previous (L) models, and feature more powerful engines, armour-plating and thermal imaging cameras.
Image by POA(PHOT) Sean Clee | © UK MOD / Crown Copyright 2012
Used under Open Government Licence

539 ASRM Operations

539 ASRM was officially formed in 1984 in response to lessons learned by Royal Marines rigid raider operations during the 1982 Falklands conflict. During that conflict, a fledgling 539 Squadron, formed ad hoc, inserted and extracted Special Forces recce and raiding parties onto the islands.

Recent operations include Operation Telic in 2003. 539 ASRM supported 3 Cdo Bde as they took the Al Faw Penninsula, carrying out numerous operations such as several landings and the clearing of various waterways. As Op Telic progressed, 539 ASRM continued to perform security patrols of Iraq's southern ports and water networks.

read more on 3 Commando Brigade operations in Operation Telic

Elements of 539 ASRM took part in security operations on the Thames during the 2012 London Olympics.

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