40 Commando

40 Commando

40 Commando is a battalion sized Royal Marines unit within 3 Commando Brigade, based near Taunton in Somerset.

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40 Commando were deployed to Afghanistan on Operation Herrick in September 2012, with some 650 personnel committed to the Nahr-e Sarah district of Helmand.

Previous deployments have been to the Sangin region of Helmand Province, as well as tasking with the amphibious Cougar deployments to the Mediterranean – showing that the commando is an elite and flexible unit able to deploy anywhere in the world.

Duke of Edinburgh receives Royal’s salute at last public engagement

Duke of Edinburgh receives Royal’s salute at last public engagement


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Royal Marines battlefield logistics tested on Salisbury Plain

Royal Marines battlefield logistics tested across Salisbury Plain

 Delta Company, 40 Commando, and Fox Company, USMC, fight through wooded areas to secure three objectives

Royal Marines prepare to assume Lead Commando

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Completed operation Training

Royal Marines are routinely put through their paces in preparation for commencing or returning to front line operations

  • Operation Pitchpole

    Military personnel, including Royal Marines and sailors from the Royal Navy, provided support in the south and south-west of England to areas affected by floods as part of cross-Government and multi-agency relief efforts.

Ready to fight

When diplomacy fails, the UK has to be ready to protect its interests and its allies. What’s more, as a member of NATO and the UN, the UK also acts to support the enforcement of UN resolutions and come to the aid of our allies. This is where the Royal Marines come in: we train to go where we’re needed – by sea, land or air – and deploy our forces with the aim of restoring peace.

Protecting our economy

Maritime trade is the lifeblood of the UK economy and industry. 95% of Britain’s economic activity depends on the oceans. And every year Britain imports goods worth £524 billion.

The UK is so dependent on the seas for its prosperity, that without the Royal Navy acting as a deterrent the effect on the economy would be overwhelming.

Location UK

Four locations are being used around the United Kingdom

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Unit History

Unit Formation1942

Formed in 1942, from A Commando, 40 Commando was the first RM Commando Unit. It saw early action during the raid on Dieppe in August of that year.

Italy - Yugoslavia1943

From 1943 to 1945 the Commando was involved in the Italian Campaign, at Termoli, Lake Comacchio and Yugoslavia. 


Following the second world war the Commando was deeply involved in Palestine acting as the rearguard in the Protectorate, leaving in 1948.


40 Commando moved to Singapore in 1961, where it was involved in operations during the confrontation with Indonesia throughout the following decade

Northern Ireland1971

Over the next decade the Commando found itself deployed to Northern Ireland four times. They also undertook an unexpected two month tour in Cyprus after the invasion by the Turkish Army.

Falkland islands1982

40 Commando deployed on Operation Corporate. On 21 May the Commando were among the first troops ashore and secured the beachhead at San Carlos.

The Eighties1983

The Eighties saw two tours in Northern Ireland to South Armagh, a six-month Peace-Keeping tour in Cyprus and a six month operational tour in Belize. 

A New Home1983

40 Commando relocated from Seaton Barracks, Plymouth to Norton Manor Camp near Taunton, Somerset

1991 - 19981991

In 1991 the Unit deployed to Northern Iraq to ensure the security of Kurdish refugees, followed by Northern Ireland tours, Norway winter deployments and a major Asia-Pacific Exercise.


In 1998 a substantial part of the Commando deployed to the Congo to ensure the safe evacuation of UK nationals from Kinshasa City.

THE New Millenium2000

The new millennium saw the Commando deploy to Northern Ireland and on their return they were the first Commando to reorganise under a new structural concept called Commando 21

operation Telic2003

On 20 March the unit mounted an amphibious helicopter assault on the Al Faw peninsula. As the first conventional troops on the ground, the strategic significance of the operation was immense.

Naval Task Group 20032003

The Unit deployed in its entirety in January 2003 in HMS Ocean, Ark Royal and RFAs Sir Galahad and Tristram. The group sailed through the Mediterranean and the Suez Canal bound for the Gulf.


In 2004 the Unit returned to Iraq as part of a multi-national division peace-support operation maintaining the security of the country's infrastructure .


The Unit conducted a series of amphibious deployments including large joint exercises in both Senegal in autumn 2005 and Sierra Leone in 2006. 

Operation Herrick2012

40 Commando deployed to the Helmand Province of Afghanistan where it continued the work of British forces and our multi-national partners to stabilise the country.

Royal Marines 353

On 28th October 2017 the Royal Marines celebrate their 353rd anniversary. 353 years of unbroken service, of protecting the Nation's security. 353 years of timeless distinction. 

353 years of the Royal Marines

Commanding Officer Paul Maynard

Rank: Lieutenant Colonel

Lieutenant Colonel Paul Maynard assumed command of 40 Commando Royal Marines in March 2017.

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