30 Commando Information Exploitation Group

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30 Commando (Information Exploitation) Group, Royal Marines
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Cap Badge of the Royal Marines
Active 2000-
Country United Kingdom
Branch Royal Marines
Type Marine Infantry
Role ISTAR
Size One battalion
Part of Naval Service
Garrison/HQ Plymouth
Motto Per Mare Per Terram (By Sea By Land) (Latin)
March Quick - A Life on the Ocean Wave
Slow - Preobrajensky
Commanders
Current
commander
Lt Col C. Middleton RM
Captain-General HRH The Duke of Edinburgh (Captain-General, Royal Marines)
Members of 30 Commando practicing room-clearing techniques at the Military Operations on Urban Terrain facility aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune in 2010.

The 30 Commando Information Exploitation Group is a Royal Marines unit of the British Armed Forces. The unit resources include communications, information operations, information systems, intelligence, surveillance, and Target Acquisition and Reconnaissance (ISTAR).[1]

It is a redesignation of the former brigade headquarters battalion, the UK Landing Force Command Support Group, which was previously known as HQ & Signals Squadron RM.[2]

The unit's title harks back to the original 30 Commando (which in turn became 30 Assault Unit RM), formed in 1942. This unit was tasked to move ahead of advancing Allied forces, or to undertake covert infiltrations into enemy territory by land, sea or air, to capture much needed intelligence, in the form of codes, documents, equipment or enemy personnel.[3]

In 2013, 30 Commando Information Exploitation Group were granted the freedom of Littlehampton, West Sussex, in honour of the original unit being based in the town during the Second World War.[4][5]

Formation[edit]

  • Surveillance and Reconnaissance Squadron
  • Communications Squadron
  • Support Squadron
  • Y Squadron: Electronic warfare specialists, able to gain intelligence on the enemy and increase situational awareness by intercepting enemy communications systems. The name also recalls the Y-stations first created during the First World War and expanded during the Second World War to perform a somewhat similar role on a much larger scale.
  • Logistics Squadron
    • Equipment Support Troop
    • Catering Troop
    • Motor Transport Troop
    • Regimental Aid Post
    • Stores Troop[6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "30 Commando Information Exploitation Group". Royal Navy. Archived from the original on 7 May 2010. Retrieved 1 June 2010. 
  2. ^ "Devon marines renamed after Bond author's wartime group". BBC. 13 December 2010. 
  3. ^ "History of 30 Assault Unit 1942-1946". Liddell Hart Centre for Military Archives, King's College London. Archived from the original on 2 May 2010. Retrieved 2 June 2010. 
  4. ^ "Littlehampton grants town freedom to James Bond unit" (in English). BBC. 5 October 2013. Retrieved 17 February 2014. 
  5. ^ "Fleming’s Red Indians special Royal Marine Commando unit". Littlehampton Gazette (in English). 31 July 2013. Retrieved 17 February 2014. 
  6. ^ "30 Commando IX Group". Royal Navy. Retrieved 12 February 2014. 

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