Brigade Patrol Troop
|Brigade Patrol Troop, RM|
Cap Badge of the Royal Marines
|Active||1992 - Present|
|Part of||Naval Service|
|Motto||Per Mare Per Terram (By Sea By Land) (Latin)|
|March||Quick - A Life on the Ocean Wave
Slow - Preobrajensky
The Brigade Patrol Troop is a troop of Royal Marines, United Kingdom, under command of the Support Squadron 3 Commando Brigade. The Troop consists of six teams of four men each. They are employed in a reconnaissance role, ahead of the main force collecting information on the enemy and reporting directly back to the Brigade Headquarters. They are often deployed in advance of the brigade.
The Troop was formed in the early 1990s using personnel from the Mountain and Arctic Warfare Cadre, and attached to HQ 3 Commando Brigade as a Brigade asset. Subsequently they have been employed on all Brigade deployments including Operation TELIC, the British involvement in the 2003 invasion of Iraq, and in Afghanistan on Operation Jacana and Operation Herrick.
|Operation Desert Storm||Republic of Iraq||United Kingdom||1991|
|Operation Safe Haven||Republic of Iraq||United Kingdom||1991|
|Operation Telic||Iraq||United Kingdom||2002–2003|
|Operation Herrick V||Afghanistan||NATO||2006|
Selection and training
Members of the troop are drawn from the Reconnaissance Operator trade of the Royal Marines, already Commando-qualified, and continue their training to later qualify as Mountain Leaders. The Troop only accepts candidates from the Royal Marines.
Personnel are trained in first aid to a high level of competence; cold weather warfare training; voice and data communications; and reconnaissance patrolling and intelligence collection. Personnel qualify as "Sharpshooters" (snipers), using the L115A1 sniper rifle and carry out basic parachute training at RAF Brize Norton.