Royal Marines

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The Royal Marines also known as the Royal Marines Commandos, are the United Kingdom's special operations capable commando force, one of the five fighting arms of the Royal Navy, and provide the majority of Special Boat Service (SBS) personnel, and a company strength unit to the Special Forces Support Group (SFSG).[6][7] The Royal Marines trace their origins back to the formation of the "Duke of York and Albany's maritime regiment of Foot" on 28 October 1664,[8] and the first Royal Marines Commando unit was formed at Deal in Kent on 14 February 1942 and designated 'The Royal Marine Commando'.[9][10][11][12]

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Corps of Royal Marines
Badge of the Corps of Royal Marines
Active28 October 1664 – present
(358 years, 10 months)
CountryFlag_of_the_United_Kingdom.svg United Kingdom
AllegianceRoyal_Standard_of_the_United_Kingdom.svg King of the United Kingdom
BranchFlag_of_the_Royal_Marines.svg Corps of Royal Marines
TypeSpecial operations-capable[1]
Size785 officers and 5,031 other ranks as of 1 April 2022[2]
Part ofNaval_Ensign_of_the_United_Kingdom.svg His Majesty's Naval Service
UK Special Forces (1 Company, assigned to the SFSG)
Naval staff officesWhitehall, London, England
"The Commandos"
Motto(s)Per Mare, Per Terram (Latin)
(English: "By Sea, By Land")
Colours  Royal Navy Blue
  Old Gold
  Light Infantry Green
  Drummer Red
MarchQuick: "A Life on the Ocean Wave"
Slow: "Preobrajensky"
Captain GeneralKing Charles III[3]
First Sea LordAdmiral Sir Ben Key KCB CBE ADC
Commandant GeneralGeneral Gwyn Jenkins CB CBE ADC[4]
Corps Regimental Sergeant MajorWarrant Officer 1 Nick Ollive[5]
Non‑ceremonial flag
Commando flashRoyal_Marines_Commando.svg

The Royal Marines have seen action across many conflicts but do not have battle honours as such, but rather the "Great Globe itself" was chosen in 1827 by King George IV in their place to recognise the Marines' service and successes in multiple engagements in every quarter of the world.[13] The Corps has close ties with allied marine forces, particularly the United States Marine Corps and the Netherlands Marine Corps (Dutch: Korps Mariniers).[14][15]