The Royal Marines, ‘Corps’ are the amphibious troops of the Royal Navy, acknowledged as one of the world’s elite commando forces. Held at a very high readiness they can respond quickly to events anywhere around the globe.
Formed in 1755 as the Royal Navy’s Infantry Troops, The Corps can trace their origins back to the formation of the English Army’s “Duke of York and Albany’s maritime regiment of Foot” at the grounds of the Honourable Artillery Company on 28 October 1664.
By sea, land or air, nothing stands in their way. The Royal Marines state of mind makes it the world’s best elite fighting force – right under the famous green beret.
The Corps is organised into a light infantry brigade (3 Commando Brigade) and a number of separate units, including 1 Assault Group Royal Marines, 43 Commando Royal Marines formerly Fleet Protection Group Royal Marines (previously the Comacchio Group), and a company strength commitment to the Special Forces Support Group.
The Corps operates in all environments and climates with particular expertise and training spent on amphibious warfare, arctic warfare, mountain warfare, expeditionary warfare, and its commitment to the UK’s Rapid Reaction Force.
During its history the Royal Marines have seen action in many conflicts in the following wars: the Seven Years’, the Napoleonic , the Crimean, World War I and World War II.
Today sees the Corps involved in conflicts such as the Falklands War, the Gulf War, the Bosnian War, the Kosovo War, the Sierra Leone Civil War, the Iraq War and Afghanistan
The Coprs has very close links with the United States Marine Corps and the Netherlands Marine Corps (Dutch: Korps Mariniers) Today, the Royal Marines are an elite fighting force within the British Armed forces, having undergone many substantial changes over time.