Based at HM Naval Base Clyde and became part of 3 Commando Brigade in 2012. The Group’s core task is to provide military support to undertake final denial of access to nuclear weapons in addition to supporting the multi-agency force that protects nuclear weapons convoys. Additionally, specially trained teams are deployed at short notice to conduct tasks in support of the Royal Navy worldwide.
Royal Marines from 42 Commando carry out a mock assault on an enemy position [Picture: Petty Officer (Photographer) Sean Clee, Crown copyright]
A large-scale exercise which will see more than 600 Royal Marines hone their skills alongside their Albanian counterparts is now underway.
Exercise Albanian Lion is the first major outing for the Response Force Task Group (RFTG) – a Royal Naval force comprising 4 warships and 5 support vessels which are exercising in the Mediterranean and Gulf over the next 3 months under the name Cougar 13.
A Royal Navy Commando (RNC), attached to 29 Commando Artillery, keeps watch at Patrol Base Jeker, Nahr-e Saraj district , Helmand Province, Afghanistan, September 2011. Royal Navy Commandos are naval ratings, officers and NCOs who have completed the All Arms Commando Course (AACC). They provide specialised support to 3 Commando Brigade elements.