RM Tamar

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RM Tamar
RoyalMarineBadge.svg
Near Plymouth in England
HMS Ocean, a Landing Platform Helicopter, and various other ships are shown along side at Plymouth Naval Base. MOD 45144960 (cropped).jpg
RM Tamar (on the left) with the amphibious assault ship HMS Ocean docked alongside
RM Tamar is located in Devon
RM Tamar
RM Tamar
Shown within Devon
Coordinates 50°23′35″N 4°11′29″W / 50.39318°N 4.19132°W / 50.39318; -4.19132Coordinates: 50°23′35″N 4°11′29″W / 50.39318°N 4.19132°W / 50.39318; -4.19132
Type Royal Marines Base
Site information
Owner Ministry of Defence
Operator Royal Navy
Site history
Built 2013
Built for Ministry of Defence
In use 2013 - Present

Royal Marines Tamar is a Royal Marines military installation specialising in landing craft training and operations located on the northern bank of Weston Mill Lake at the north end of HMNB Devonport at Plymouth in Devon.

History[edit]

Weston Mill Lake (at one time Devonport's coaling yard) was converted in the 1980s to provide frigate berths for the Type 22 fleet.[1] After the Type 22 fleet had been decommissioned and the lake had been re-designated the base for its amphibious warfare ships, the Royal Navy decided to create a centre of excellence for landing craft, hovercraft and fast boats there: the centre, which handles both training and operations, was opened by Prince Harry on 2 August 2013.[2]

1 Assault Group Royal Marines and its training unit, 10 (Landing Craft) Training Squadron, moved from RM Poole to RM Tamar at that time[3] and 539 Assault Squadron RM, which undertakes operations for 1 Assault Group, moved from RM Turnchapel to RM Tamar.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Weston Mill Lake, HM Naval Base Devonport: Construction of a jetty using concrete caissons". Institution of Civil Engineers. Retrieved 15 July 2017. 
  2. ^ "The pressure's off! Prince Harry jokes about his new nephew George as he opens new £30 million Royal Navy Centre". Daily Mail. 2 August 2013. Retrieved 14 July 2017. 
  3. ^ "Royal Marines training centre blow for Poole". Bournemouth Echo. 15 June 2013. Retrieved 15 July 2017. 
  4. ^ "Prince Harry opens £30m Royal Navy centre in Plymouth". BBC. 2 August 2013. Retrieved 14 July 2017.