30 Commando Information Exploitation Group

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30 Commando (Information Exploitation) Group, Royal Marines
Cap Badge of the Royal Marines
Active2000 - present
Country United Kingdom
BranchRoyalMarineBadge.svg Royal Marines
RoleClose-quarters combat
SizeOne battalion
Part of Her Majesty's Naval Service
Garrison/HQStonehouse Barracks, Plymouth
Motto(s)Per Mare Per Terram (By Sea By Land) (Latin)
MarchQuick - A Life on the Ocean Wave
Slow - Preobrajensky
Lt Col W R Norcott Royal Marines
Captain-GeneralThe Duke of Sussex
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]


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.[2]

In 2010, the unit – formerly known as the Headquarters and Signals Squadron Royal Marines and then as the UK Landing Force Command Support Group – was renamed 30 Commando Information Exploitation Group.[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]


Organisation of the command is as follows;[6]

  • Headquarters Squadron, including the Intelligence and Information Activities Cells
  • Communications Squadron
    • 2 communications troops
  • Surveillance and Reconnaissance Squadron
  • Y Squadron - Electronic Warfare
    • includes Air Defence troop - using Starstreak high-velocity missile
  • Logistics Squadron
    • Motor Transportation Troop
    • Royal Marines Police Troop - protect key personnel such as visiting dignitaries and foreign officials. They also provide training and assistance to police forces around the world.
    • Catering Troop
    • Stores Troop
    • Equipment Support Troop
  • Base Squadron - looks after Royal Marines Barracks Stonehouse, much of which was built in the 1700s. It is responsible for providing real-life support, such as dining facilities, accommodation, medical care, rehabilitation of injured personnel and physical training facilities.


  1. ^ "30 Commando Information Exploitation Group". Royal Navy. Archived from the original on 7 May 2010. Retrieved 1 June 2010.
  2. ^ "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.
  3. ^ "Devon marines renamed after Bond author's wartime group". BBC. 13 December 2010.
  4. ^ "Littlehampton grants town freedom to James Bond unit". BBC. 5 October 2013. Retrieved 17 February 2014.
  5. ^ "Fleming's Red Indians special Royal Marine Commando unit". Littlehampton Gazette. 31 July 2013. Archived from the original on 21 February 2014. Retrieved 17 February 2014.
  6. ^ "30 Commando IX Group". www.eliteukforces.info. Retrieved 29 October 2019.

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