Amphibious Commandos Group

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Agrupación de Comandos Anfibios
Amphibious Commandos Group
Active 1952-present
Country  Argentina
Branch IMARA.jpgArgentine Marine Corps
Type Special Forces
Role Amphibious Operations
Special Reconnaissance
Air Assault operations
Direct Action
HALO/HAHO parachuting
Size 600 commandos
Garrison/HQ Puerto Belgrano
Nickname(s) APCA
Motto(s) 'Stirps Virilis'[1]
Engagements Falklands War
Battle honours Honor al valor en combate
Current Rear. Adm. Osvaldo Emilio Colombo

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


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


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.


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 recce missions. The group was awarded the Honor al valor en combate decoration.

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