Future commando force impact

ODB

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This is more of a question and apologies if it's in the wrong area, I wasn't sure what forum this would fit in.

With the new plans for the future commando force, is it likely the Royal Marines are going to be involved in combat operations in the near future or is the impact of this more likely to mean that the RM are just more focused on maritime activity than they have been in recent years?

I know they have discussed becoming more involved in Special Forces support and offensive operations but wondered what the experienced guys on the forum think of this and how likely it actually is.

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Hope this excerpt helps from the Telegraph 26th June 2020

"Two Littoral Response Groups (LRG), each of a few hundred commandos and supporting elements, will deploy on roughly six-month cycles to respond to crises ranging from humanitarian disaster to conventional warfare.

It is envisaged one LRG will be permanently east of Suez, with the Royal Navy facility in Bahrain acting as a staging post.

The second Group will focus on Nato’s northern flank, working closely with Norwegian amphibious forces, and the Mediterranean.

The three Bay-Class Landing Ship Dock Auxiliary ships, crewed by the Royal Fleet Auxiliary, will be the likely hosts, initially at least, with additional medical and aviation facilities developed in the near future.

General Holmes says there will be “tangible differences” in how Britain’s commando forces operate from next year.

Initial developmental work will take place through 40 Commando, based in Taunton, Somerset."
 

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Awesome cheers mate. Managed to find an old post about this from August last year and people mentioned it's being brought in but said will likely be at least 5 years. Would be quality if this was starting to be implemented in a year or so.
 

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UPDATE.....

Proffed off the Navy News.

ROYAL MARINES COMMANDO UNIT CREATED TO SHAPE THE FUTURE COMMANDO FORCE
20 July 2020
A select group of commandos will form a new Vanguard Strike Company to shape how the Royal Marines Commandos of the future will operate around the globe.

These trailblazers will have access to game-changing technology and weaponry as they head on their first deployment next year.

The Royal Marines are currently undergoing a bold modernisation project – known as the Future Commando Force programme – which will overhaul how the world-famous green berets operate.

As part of this restructuring, more than 150 Royal Marines and Army Commandos will come together this autumn to form the Vanguard Strike Company.

The company will head on its maiden deployment in mid-2021 after further trials later this year and ongoing equipment, structural and tactical experimentation associated with the Future Commando Force.

Commandant General Royal Marines, Major General Matt Holmes, said: “The Vanguard Strike Company will lead and inform how the Royal Marines and Army Commandos will operate and fight in a dynamic, technological era of warfare.

“We envisage several of these networked sub-units persistently forward deployed around the globe, with an array of sophisticated enabling capabilities, to present dilemmas to adversaries whilst supporting partners. These will all be at high-readiness, as a capable forward contingency force at the core of the Royal Navy’s Littoral Response Groups.”

The deployment next year will see the first practical demonstration of kit, equipment, training and organisational change necessary to shape the concept further and bring it quickly to the forefront of the Royal Navy’s contribution to national security.

The elite commandos will work in small, versatile teams that will be tailored for the respective mission they will be facing – calling on areas of expertise and hone skills necessary to bring an advantage depending on the type of operation.

This will give the UK a more agile and lethal capability, ready for missions anywhere in the world at a moment’s notice, whether that’s for war-fighting, specific combat missions such as commando raids, or providing humanitarian assistance.

This is about returning commando forces to their roots: to operate at reach and in all theatres, including the arctic, as the spearhead of operations.

It has already been announced that Royal Marines Commandos will have a new uniform as part of the bold transformation.

Fit for a new era of warfare, it is in keeping with the maritime traditions of the Corps and honours their Commando forebears through insignia.

The NATO procured uniform – which is being procured from USA-based firm Crye Precision – is lighter-weight, has higher tear-strength, is faster-drying and is more breathable than typical 50/50 cotton/nylon clothing.

The Vanguard Strike Company will wear this uniform on their first deployment.
 

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Great info thanks mate. Would be awesome to be a part of one day.

I wonder what the process will be for entering one of the strike companies and how widespread it will be throughout RM. Any thoughts?
 

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Not seen this mentioned elsewhere so sorry if missed, but an experimental Littoral / FCF left last week on a three month deployment to the Med in a three boat flotilla made up of HMS Dragon (destroyer) HMS Albion & Lyme Bay. Be interesting to see how they get on and what they get up to!
 

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Not seen this mentioned elsewhere so sorry if missed, but an experimental Littoral / FCF left last week on a three month deployment to the Med in a three boat flotilla made up of HMS Dragon (destroyer) HMS Albion & Lyme Bay. Be interesting to see how they get on and what they get up to!

And if nothing else the opportunity to bronze and smash phys.

I assume this experimental littoral strike capability is not huge numbers of Royals?
I suppose the whole point is to have a highly trained force capable of mounting highly discrete operations and not large-scale beach landings? Interesting times ahead for sure!
 

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Article mentions 1,000 RN & RM personnel so assume 300-400 or so RM.


300-400 RM. within that 4 essence blokes with the new crye gear and ops core helmets and 1 navy phot attached with the corps Instagram logged in on his phone haha.
 
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