Royal Marines


To be prepared to assume command of National or Allied forces anywhere in the world in order to execute missions specified in directives issued by the Commander-in-Chief Fleet or other National or Allied Commanders.


The Commandant General Royal Marines is Major General A A Miiton CB OBE who has commanded the Royal Marines since 31 May 2002. Principal appointments held during his career include:

  • Director General Joint Doctrine and Concepts
  • Commander 3 Commando Brigade Royal Marines
  • Commanding Officer 40 Commando Royal Marines

Issues of Primary Concern

To be the Commander for, and deliver a battle staff capable of National Land or Maritime Component Command or Command of Landing Forces. To engage and foster close relationships with:

  • RNLMC-aspartoftheUK/NLLF
  • EAI nations
  • Other NATO and non-NATO amphibious forces


Organization and Capabilities

The Royal Marines are a small, but powerful Corps trained to operate in any climate or terrain using their amphibious capability as a form of insertion or extraction. They are proud to be the Royal Navy's own infantry soldiers and represent 17% of naval manpower. There are three operational elements of the Royal Marines, 3 Commando Brigade, the Special Boat Service and the Royal Marines Reserve totalling almost 10,000 personnel.

Weapons and Equipment

Organic fire support is provided by 105mm artillery, 81mm mortars, and heliborne TOW. Amphibious shipping available to the Royal Marines includes 1 x CVS, 1 x LPH, 2 x LPD, 6 x ALSL and a variety of landing and other smaller craft.

2002 year