Argentina Marines

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Argentine Navy Infantry
Infantería de Marina de la Armada de la República Argentina
IMARA insignia
Active1807 - present
Country Argentina
RoleAmphibious Warfare
Part ofEscudo Armada Argentina.svgArgentine Navy
(Always vigilant for the Fatherland)
MarchMarcha de la Infantería de Marina
(Marine march)
Anniversaries19 November 1879
CurrentRear. Adm. Pedro Eugenio Galardi[1]

The Naval Infantry Command (Spanish: Comando de la Infantería de Marina, COIM), also known as the Naval Infantry of the Navy of the Argentine Republic (Spanish: Infantería de Marina de la Armada de la República Argentina, IMARA) and generally referred to in English as the Argentine marines are the amphibious warfare branch of the Argentine Navy and one of its four operational commands.

The Argentine marines trace their origins to the Spanish Naval Infantry, which took part in conflicts in South America in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. Argentine marines took part in various conflicts of the nineteenth and twentieth century, notably the War of the Triple Alliance and the Falklands War. The marines (represented by the 5th Naval Infantry Battalion) are considered to have been among the best Argentine combat units present in the Falklands. The most recent war in which Argentine naval infantry took part was the Gulf War of 1990.

Today Argentine naval infantry are frequently deployed on UN peace-keeping missions.


The Marines trace their origins in Spanish Naval Infantry, at the time of the Viceroyalty of the Río de la Plata. After the Argentine War of Independence, it was under joint administration of the Argentine Army and the Argentine Navy. A 1946 law placed the marines solely under the jurisdiction of the Navy.

Battles and interventions[edit]

Under Spanish dominion
During independence
  • seizure of Martin Garcia Island in 1814.
  • Landing in Monterey, California, now part of the United States (1817–1818): 200 men commanded by Hipólito Bouchard, 130 of whom were armed with guns and 70 with lances, disembarked one league from the fort of Monterrey, in a creek hidden from the heights. The fort resisted only very weakly, and after an hour-long battle the Argentine flag was raised.
Argentine confederation
Argentine Republic
Argentine Marines AAV in the Falklands patrolling Port Stanley, 1982.


IMARA routinely train in joint exercises with similar units of Brazil, Chile and the United States.[2]

Current deployments[edit]

2009: Training on USS Oak Hill

IMARA has two Infantry Companies deployed in Haiti and Cyprus under the auspices of MINUSTAH[3] and UNFICYP respectively in joint operations with the Argentine Army and Argentine Air Force. A small platoon was also deployed in Serbia/UN ProvinceKosovo (NATO KFOR mandate), attached to Argentine Engineers Company, which was in turn attached to the Italian Brigade.

Several Marine Officers and NCO's are routinely deployed as military observers for the UN.


Argentine Marines have the same rank insignia and titles as the rest of the Argentine Navy.

Fleet Marine Force (FAIF)[edit]

The FMF was formerly called the Brigada de IM No. 1 ( English: 1st Marine Brigade )

Southern Marine Force (FAIA)[edit]

The SMF was formerly called the Fuerza de M No. 1. (English: 1st Marine Force)

River Operations Unit[edit]

Marine Security Forces[edit]

  • Navy General Staff Security Battalion
  • Puerto Belgrano Naval Base Security Battalion
  • 15 Security Companies at Marine and Naval Air Bases.


Marines from Argentina line up in formation alongside U.S. Marines during the largest amphibious assault exercise in Latin America, UNITAS 45-04
LVTP7 of the Argentine Marine Infantry (IMARA), locally known as VAO (Vehiculo Anfibio a Orugas)

List of all equipment of the IMARA.


Name Type In service Origin Note
ERC 90 Sagaie Armored Car 15  France
AAV-7A1 Armored personnel carrier 11  United States
Panhard VCR Armored personnel carrier 24  France
LARC-V Amphibious vehicle 13  United States
Humvee Military light utility vehicle 70  United States
Agrale Marrua Military light utility vehicle 31  Brazil

Infantry Weapons[edit]

Name Type Caliber Origin Note
Browning Hi-Power Pistol 9 mm  Belgium
Standard pistol.
M16 rifle Assault rifle 5,56 mm  United States Standard assault rifle.
FN FAL Assault rifle 7,62 mm  Belgium
Standard battle rifle.
FAMAS Assault rifle 5,56 mm  France Special Forces.
Heckler & Koch MP5 Submachine gun 9 mm  Germany Special Forces.
M24 Sniper Weapon System Sniper rifle 7,62 mm  United States
Barrett M95 Sniper rifle 12,7 mm  United States
M249 SAW Machine gun 5,56 mm  United States
FN MAG Machine gun 7,62 mm  Belgium
Browning M2 Machine gun 12,7 mm  United States
AT4 Anti-tank 84 mm  Sweden

Artillery and Air-defense systems[edit]

Name Type In service Origin Note
OTO Melara Mod 56 Howitzer 13  Italy
M101 Howitzer 4  United States
M114A1 Howitzer 6  United States
ECIA L65 Mortar (weapon) 50  Spain
Bofors 40 mm Autocannon 4  Sweden
RBS-70 MANPADS 6  Sweden

See also[edit]


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