Brigade Patrol Troop

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Reconnaissance Force, RM
Cap Badge of the Royal Marines
Active1992 - Present
Country United Kingdom
BranchRoyal Navy
TypeAdvanced Reconnaissance
RoleCommando Infantry
Part of30 Commando
Garrison/HQStonehouse Barracks
Motto(s)Per Mare Per Terram (By Sea By Land) (Latin)
MarchQuick - A Life on the Ocean Wave
Slow - Preobrajensky

The Brigade Patrol Troop is a troop of Royal Marines, United Kingdom, under command of the Surveillance and Reconnaissance Squadron (SRS), 30 Commando Information Exploitation Group.[1]


The Unit can be traced back to the Cliff Assault Unit which operated in the Second World War.[2] The Cliff Assault Unit was in action in every major Royal Marines operation from the Gulf War to the War in Afghanistan.[2] It evolved into the Brigade Patrol Troop which was established in 1992.[3]

Command, control and Structure[edit]

The Brigade Patrol Troop, which is part of Surveillance and Reconnaissance Squadron, 30 Commando Information Exploitation Group consists of six teams of four marines each who are employed in a reconnaissance role, ahead of the main force collecting information on the enemy and reporting directly back to the Brigade Headquarters.[4]

All members of the BPT have passed the Recce Troop Selection Course, the Arduous Mountain Leaders Cadre, and are airborne qualified along with having served 2 tours in a Reconnaissance Troop. Reconnaissance Troops are elements of the Headquarters Companies of 40, 42 and 45 Commando respectively.[5]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Reporting from the Fleet". Navy News. 2013-06-05. Retrieved 2016-12-22.
  2. ^ a b "Mountain leadership opens to all Royal Marines". Ministry of Defence. 6 June 2013. Retrieved 28 June 2016.
  3. ^ "Stephen Moran". Plymouth University. Retrieved 27 March 2017.
  4. ^ "UK Landing Force Command Support Group". Ministry of Defence. Archived from the original on March 10, 2010. Retrieved 9 April 2010.
  5. ^ "Brigade Reconnaissance Force | Brigade Patrol Troop".

Coordinates: 50°21.975′N 4°9.660′W / 50.366250°N 4.161000°W / 50.366250; -4.161000 (Brigade Patrol Troop RM)