43 Commando

43 Commando Fleet Protection Group

43 Commando Fleet Protection Group Royal Marines is a 550-strong Unit based at HM Naval Base Clyde in Scotland.

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Its primary mission is to prevent unauthorised access to the UK’s strategic nuclear deterrent through the provision of specialist military capability.  

Additionally, maritime boarding and sniper teams and the very high readiness Fleet Contingent Troop are deployed world wide to conduct specialist maritime security tasks in support of the Royal Navy.

Royal Marine teams from 43 Commando are currently deployed on counter-piracy, counter-narcotics, and maritime interdiction operations in the Middle East, Africa and the Caribbean.

There is also a detachment of cold weather warfare trained Royal Marines from the Unit deployed on the Royal Navy’s Ice Patrol Ship.

43 Commando is part of 3 Commando Brigade, the UK’s high readiness expeditionary amphibious force.


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Monmouth drugs bust

HMS Monmouth seizes £65M of heroin and cannabis in major drugs bust

Academy tests Commando ethos in amphibious exercise

Academy tests Commando ethos in amphibious exercise

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Current operation Maritime security

British ships and units are committed to operations around the world. Operations focus on maritime security, reassurance and wider regional engagement to build regional maritime capability.

  • Antarctic patrol

    To provide a UK sovereign presence in the British Antarctic Territory.

Providing security at sea

The UK has a responsibility to its citizens and its allies to endeavour to safeguard the high seas. This is why the Royal Navy protects home and international waters – making sure the global trade that Britain and the world depend on can proceed without a hitch.

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 Global

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Unit History

Fleet protection Group Renamed2012

One of the most famous names in Royal Marines history returned with the re-formation of 43 Commando at Faslane - officially titled 43 Commando Fleet Protection Group Royal Marines.

Royal Marines 353

On the 28th October 2017 the Royal Marines celebrated 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 Graeme Fraser

Colonel Jock Fraser

Rank: Colonel

Colonel Graeme ‘Jock’ Fraser commissioned into the Royal Marines in 1993, he assumed command of 43 Commando Fleet Protection Group Royal Marines on promotion in July 2015.

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