Amphibious Commandos Group

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Agrupación de Comandos Anfibios
Amphibious Commandos Group
Active1952-present
Country Argentina
BranchIMARA.jpg Argentine Marine Corps
TypeSpecial Forces
RoleAmphibious Operations
Special Reconnaissance
Air Assault operations
Direct Action
HALO/HAHO parachuting
Size600 commandos
Garrison/HQPuerto Belgrano
Nickname(s)APCA
Motto(s)'Stirps Virilis'[1]
EngagementsFalklands War
Battle honoursHonor al valor en combate
Commanders
CurrentRear. Adm. Osvaldo Emilio Colombo

The Amphibious Commandos Group (Spanish: Agrupación de Comandos Anfibios, APCA) is a special operations force of the Argentine Marine Corps.

Role[edit]

Trained to perform quick and objective amphibious reconnaissance, assault raids, and direct action operations.

Training[edit]

The amphibious command course lasts 1 year and is physically and mentally exhausting. 95% of applicants do not succeed.

Training course consists of the:

  • amphibious warfare course
  • mountain warfare course
  • parachute course

Operatives are also trained as demolitions experts, multiple weapons experts and trained in Close quarters combat.

History[edit]

It was created in 1952 by the Vigilance and Security Company of Submarine Bases (today known as Base Naval Mar del Plata).

In 1960 the group received its first advanced training course of amphibious reconnaissance, airborne, and HALO/HAHO parachuting in the Military Diving School and in the Argentine Army. With the personnel of the 7th Marine Corps Company, formed in 1966 the Amphibious Reconnaissance Company, it took new tasks and responsibilities.

The commando course was incorporated in the training in 1973, and in the next year the unit acquired the denomination of Amphibious Commandos Group. The members of this group wear green berets with unit badges.

The group participated in 1978 and 1979 in the Marine Corps force deployment in Tierra del Fuego, executing many special operations missions.

During the late 1980s, the group was relocated to its current base in Puerto Belgrano.

On April 2, 1982, the unit integrated with the Amphibious Task Force in the Falkland Islands War, taking part in the Governor's House battle, the assault on Moody Brook barracks, the combat of the South Georgia Islands and a couple of reconnaissance missions. The group was awarded the Honor al valor en combate decoration.

Weapons[edit]

Name Origin Type
Browning Hi-Power  Belgium Pistol
Heckler & Koch MP5  Germany Submachine gun
M4A1  United States Assault rifle
M16A2  United States Assault rifle
FAMAS  France Assault rifle
M249 SAW  United States Light machine gun
Heckler & Koch HK21  Germany General-purpose machine gun
M24 SWS  United States Sniper rifle
Barrett M95  United States Anti-materiel rifle
AT4  Sweden Anti-tank weapon

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