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
TypeAmphibious Commandos
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 R. Alston
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, which had formerly been known as the HQ & 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]

  • Group Headquarters
  • Combat Support Group Headquarters Troop
  • Communications Squadron
    • 2 Headquarters Satellite communications troops
  • Surveillance and Reconnaissance Squadron
    • Brigade Patrol Troop - reconnaissance
    • Air defence troop - using Starstreak high-velocity missile
    • Police Troop - brigade HQ defense and policing duties
  • Y Squadron - Electronic Warfare
  • Logistics Squadron
    • Motor Transportation Troop
    • Catering Troop
    • Stores Troop
    • Equipment Support Troop


  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. Retrieved 17 February 2014.
  6. ^ "30 Commando IX Group". www.eliteukforces.info. Retrieved 29 October 2019.

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