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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 patrols on the sea and along waterways.

The Squadron operates a range of boats and other watercraft

Aside from landing craft, 539 ASRM contains a number of other elements:

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

The ASG operates Viking APCs in support of the Lead Commando Group

more info : Armoured Support Group

539 ASRM Operations

539 was formed during the 1982 Falklands conflict during which it landed SAS and SBS reconnaissance parties onto the islands, in addition to bringing other forces ashore.

More recent operations include Operation Telic. 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



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


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

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