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In her 350sten anniversary year, the Royal Marines are clearly facing major changes. Thus, the 3 Commando Brigade want to play more focused on its role as a maritime warfare element as well as on special forces operations. In the 3 Commando Brigade in addition to belonging to the Royal Navy Marines also soldiers of the British Army, the Royal Navy and the Royal Air Force used.

The green beret with the lions in front of the globe is the traditional emblem of the Royal Marines (Photo: MoD UK)

For the Royal Marines, the well means a return to their traditions. This is not least due to a negative change of position and took place on November 5, renaming expressed. So the former 1 Assault Group Royal Marines now trades than 47 Commando Raiding Group and is the 3 Commando Brigade assumed. In the process of renaming the 539 Assault Squadron now operates as a 539 Raiding Squadron.

Royal Marines in an amphibious landing operation at Trident Juncture 2015 (Photo: MoD UK)

The traditional name not only joins the designation of additional units of the 3 Commando one (40, 42, 43, 45 Commando) but recalls furthermore the important role of the Royal Marines during World War II: The former 47 Commando played a key role in landing on the Dutch island Walcheren in November 1944. This additions could be freely fought to Antwerp, a strategically important port for supplying the Allied troops in world war II.

Soldiers of the 539 Assault Squadron in arctic environment (Photo: MoD UK)

Previously, the 47 Commando was also in northern France in use. About 48 hours after landing at Gold Beach on D-Day, the association fought zoom in a daring action at Port-en-Bessin from the rear edge and ultimately opened the supply routes for the advancing Allied troops. This feat of arms of Port-en-Bessin contributed in large part to now made the name change.

The name change will also express that the Royal Marines again increasingly focus on tactical commando raid and will provide their knowledge of sea-based warfare back to the forefront of their fighting style. Here, the storm boat is again the focus of action, along with the development modernster weapons, tactics and battle strategies. All this is part of the concept of Future Commando Force.

Commemorating the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Walcheren (Photo: MoD UK)

"With enormous pride I could renaming of 1 Assault Group Royal Marines Commando in 47 (Raiding Group) Royal Marines announce," says the commander of the Royal Marines, Major General Matt Holmes. "The Commando ethos is strong and incredibly is the golden thread that runs through the Royal Marines as we go as a Commando of the Royal Navy in the future."

Inflatable put a patrol of the Royal Marines on the coast from (Photo: MoD UK)
Prize crew of 539 Assault Squadron (Photo: MoD UK)

The 47 Commando had been dissolved make the end of World War II 1946th With the renaming of 1AGRM, which is under the command of 3 Commando Brigade Royal Marines now, the association has now been revived in keeping with the tradition designation. The 1AGRM had been set up in 2001 and specializes in operations with landing craft and assault groups. She had always been close ties with the 47 Commando Association.

Jan-Phillipp Weisswange