UK Joint Expeditionary Force Deploys to Baltic Sea

May 20, 2019 – Royal Navy flagship HMS Albion deploys to the Baltic Sea today to lead a multinational task group in support of European security. Thousands of UK armed forces personnel will take part in the first UK-led Joint Expeditionary Force (JEF) maritime deployment. HMS Albion carries the joint staff who will command the deployment – codenamed Baltic Protector – drawn from the Plymouth-based headquarters of 3 Commando Brigade Royal Marines and the staff of the Commander of the Amphibious Task Group. It marks the first deployment of the…

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US, British Navies Conduct Maritime Security Drills

February 20, 2019 – U.S. Navy fleet replenishment oiler USNS Guadalupe (T-AO 200) and Royal Navy frigate HMS Montrose (F236) conducted maritime security and logistics training in the South China Sea, Feb. 18. The drills involved Royal Marine commandos, Royal Navy sailors and Guadalupe crew members. During a visit, board, search and seizure (VBSS) scenario, Montrose’s boarding team embarked and secured Guadalupe, which simulated a vessel engaged in high seas trafficking. The ships also practiced replenishment at sea using NATO procedures, which ensured that the two ships, despite never having…

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Junglie Sea King finds permanent home in Arctic to mark 50 years of cooperation

January 23, 2019 – More than 30 years after it was first rolled out of the hangar at Yeovil, a veteran Navy helicopter has made its final journey – by sea and road. This green Sea King Mk4 will serve as a permanent reminder of the affection and gratitude of sailors and Royal Marines for the Norwegian people – and their armed forces. To mark the 50th anniversary of training British personnel for combat in the Arctic, the Commando Helicopter Force has donated one of its retired warbirds to act…

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Royal Marines squadron marks 50 years of commando support

October 3, 2018 -The ‘flying eyes’ of the Royal Marines past and present gathered in Yeovilton to celebrate 50 years of keeping the commandos at least one step ahead of their foes on the battlefield. 3 Commando Brigade Air Squadron – which today has morphed into 847 Naval Air Squadron – started life as an aerial reconnaissance unit, but over its varied lifespan (five helicopter types in five decades) has conducted battlefield scouting, overwatch for convoys, tank busting outside Basra, fire support direction and casualty evacuation. 3 BAS – as…

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UK Defence Secretary Announces New Defence Arctic Strategy

September 30, 2018 – Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson has today announced a new Defence Arctic Strategy, acknowledging the increasing opportunities and threats the region presents. The strategy will enhance the Ministry of Defence’s focus on the Arctic, underlined by our current commitments in the region and future deployments. Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson said, Russia, with more submarines operating under the ice and ambitions to build over 100 facilities in the Arctic, are staking a claim and militarising the region. We must be ready to deal with all threats as they…

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UK and French forces train together for hurricane relief in the Caribbean

September 7, 2018 – One year on from the devastating impact of Hurricanes Irma and Maria in the Caribbean, Royal Naval auxiliary ship RFA Mounts Bay has landed a team of UK military personnel ashore in Martinique to train in hurricane relief with their French counterparts. Currently midway through her three-year deployment to the region, the Royal Fleet Auxiliary ship has been playing host to the Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief (HADR) Troop who have been sent out to the region to cover the six months of core hurricane season.…

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Royal Marines launch ‘assault’ from HMS Queen Elizabeth

A troop of Royal Marines from 42 Commando in Plymouth has embarked in the Royal Navy’s new aircraft carrier to prove the process of launching them by helicopter to conduct operations ashore. Marines from Lima Company and supporting elements from HMS Queen Elizabeth’s Ship’s Company have been called to ‘Assault Stations’ for the very first time, on exercise. The troops were processed from their accommodation, through the ship, collecting kit, including weapons and ammunition in a carefully orchestrated process, in through the massive hangar and onto the flight deck to…

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Final plea for cash to restore Falklands landing craft for new museum

Have you got a bit of money to spare to help restore a veteran landing craft which helped Royal Marines liberate the Falklands 35 years ago? Museum bosses are just £1,500 short of their public fundraising target to restore Foxtrot 7, possibly the last landing craft left from the 1982 conflict and now earmarked to be a centerpiece exhibit of the new Royal Marines Museum in Portsmouth. The boat has been on display at the museum’s current home in Eastney since 1986, but needs first moving, then conserving to take…

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Royal Marines to be restructured in line with growing Royal Navy

April 11, 2017 – With billions being invested into a growing Royal Navy, the Royal Marines have decided to restructure to better balance skills across the force. The move comes as part of the Navy’s regular review of its structure to ensure that it suits the operational demands of the 21st century, and is appropriately balanced for the future with 400 more personnel, more ships, new aircraft carriers and submarines entering front line service. Around half of the 200 roles being repurposed are backroom function roles, like drivers and administrative…

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100 Challenge January 01, 2017 – December 31, 2017

In 2017 we are celebrating 100 years of service and help that we have provided for people in the maritime community by giving money to organisations and projects that make a real difference to people’s lives, across the Merchant Navy, Fishing Fleets, Royal Navy and Royal Marines. You can get involved in the celebrations and help us to continue our support for seafarers by taking part in our 100 Challenge. All you have to do is simply choose your very own personal challenge, large or small, serious or silly, raise…

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Royal Marines Future “Secure” in Scotland

February 2, 2017 – Sir Michael’s announcement came as he watched a battle demonstration at Arbroath as 45 Commando begin training to play a lead role in NATO’s Very High Readiness Group from 2018. This will see them working and training with allies, and place them at the forefront of an international emergency should any arise. Defence Secretary, Sir Michael Fallon said: Our Royal Marines are at the heart of Britain’s global role as we do more to support our NATO allies. Their future in Scotland is secure, with those…

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