1 Assault Group Royal Marines

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1 Assault Group Royal Marines
RoyalMarineBadge.png
Cap Badge of the Royal Marines
Active 2001 - Present
Country  United Kingdom
Branch Naval Service
Type Marines/Commando/Light Infantry
Role Rapid reaction force/Home defence
Size Five Squadrons
Part of Royal Marines
Garrison/HQ Royal Marines Tamar
Nickname The Royals, HM Jollies, Bootnecks, The Royal Machines
Motto Per Mare Per Terram (By Sea By Land) (Latin)
March Quick - A Life on the Ocean Wave
Slow - Preobrajensky
Commanders
Current Commander Colonel Garth Manger
Captain-General HRH The Duke of Edinburgh
Commandant-General Major General Garry Robison
Insignia
Commando Flash Royal Marines Commando.svg

1 Assault Group Royal Marines (1AGRM) provides the Royal Marines expertise and training in small boat operations, both amphibious and riverine. In addition, it trains and parents the Assault Squadrons of the Royal Marines (ASRM) and their Landing Craft detachments.[1] It has recently moved from Poole, Dorset to Devonport, Plymouth.[2]

Squadrons[edit]

1 AGRM has its headquarters at RM TAMAR in Devonport Naval Base, Plymouth. The Group comprised both Training and Operational Squadrons.

Training is delivered at three sites:

  • 10 (Landing Craft) Training Squadron at Royal Marines Tamar.[3]
  • 11 Amphibious Trials and Training Unit Royal Marines (ATTURM) based at Instow in North Devon.[4]
  • Royal Navy Board and Search School, HMS Raleigh.

Operations are:

  • 6 Ops Sqn, providing control teams and landing craft to the Landing Ship Dock (Auxiliary). 6 Ops Sqn is formed from 6 ASRM (HMS Albion), currently at Extended Readiness.
  • 539 ASRM, providing the high readiness Boat Group to 3 Commando Brigade.

Furthermore, it is the Force Generation Authority for, but does not have operational control of, the afloat Assault Squadrons, Royal Marines (ASRM):

  • 4 ASRM providing landing craft support to HMS Bulwark.
  • 9 ASRM providing landing craft support to HMS Ocean.

Squadrons are equipped with a variety of Landing Craft, including hovercraft (LCAC(L)), Rigid Raiders and Landing Craft Vehicle/Personnel.

Training[edit]

10 Landing Craft Training Squadron provide training accredited by the Royal Yachting Association for candidates to the landing craft specialisation. This training is delivered at various stages in the individual's career:

  • LC3 at entry to the specialisation as a Marine.
  • LC2 at promotion to Corporal.
  • LC1 at promotion to Sergeant.

Landing Craft Officer Qualifying course (LCOQ) is delivered to subalterns who opt to join the landing craft specialisation and prepares them for command of troops within the various squadrons or positions on the staff of Fleet Commander or 3 Commando Brigade.

Additional Training Courses[edit]

10 LC Training Squadron also conducts other training tasks:

  • Amphibious training for Royal Marines recruits, young officers and the All Arms Commando Course
  • Small boat training for the Royal Navy, Army, Police and Customs
  • Engineering and navigation training for the Assault Squadrons
  • Specially-tailored LC Specialist training for 2 Raiding Troop from the Royal Marines Reserve
  • Surface Manoeuvre expertise to the wider amphibious community

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "1 Assault Group". Royal Navy. Retrieved 16 May 2014. 
  2. ^ Ministry of Defence and Defence Infrastructure Organisation (2 August 2013). "Prince Harry opens new navy training facility". UK Government Press Office. Retrieved 16 May 2014. 
  3. ^ "Historic move of amphibious Royal Marines landing craft". Royal Navy. 26 July 2013. Retrieved 16 May 2014. 
  4. ^ "Harry’s heroes: Prince opens Royal Marines’ new £30m amphibious complex in Plymouth". Navy News. 2 August 2013. Retrieved 16 May 2014. 

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