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A thread dedicated to the British Royal Marines. 'Per Mare Per Terram'
A subject close to mine and my family's heart

The following pictures relate to the Royal MArines serving as part of Operation Telic
Operation Telic (Op TELIC) was the codename under which all of the United Kingdom's military operations in Iraq were conducted between the start of the Invasion of Iraq on 19 March 2003 and the withdrawal of the last remaining British forces on 22 May 2011. The bulk of the mission ended on 30 April 2009
The photos here are from the early years of the Operation circa 2003-2004

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Royal Marine 40 Commando clearing a fallen tree with a chainsaw on Joes Hill Road, Tortola, BVI.
While the tail end of the Hurricane was still being felt, Royal Marines from 40 Commando were straight out across the Island to ensure critical routes were clear and they understood what the islanders needed.
With heavy rain and driving winds through the night it was crucial that both remote and main routes were clear of debris and unblocked if flooded.
The assault engineers began clearing the roads of the remnants of houses and unblocking drains of earth and branches. Many slopes had suffered landslides overnight and made routes impassable.
The team also handed out DFID shelter packs, allowing short term roofing for people while the rebuild process starts.
In early September 2017 Hurricane Irma moved through the Caribbean region, causing absolute devastation wherever it landed. The British Overseas Territories of Anguilla, the Turks and Caicos Islands and the British Virgin Islands suffered lasting damage.
All three services and other government departments, along with hundreds of troops were involved in the huge humanitarian effort.
Ships, planes and helicopters delivered tonnes of supplies to the UK nationals and locals caught up in the devastation caused by Hurricane Irma


Royal Marine controlling a Black Hornet 2 Remotely Piloted Aircraft System (RPAS).

The pocket sized and hand launched UAV, or RPAS uses micro thermal cameras, visible spectrum cameras and proprietary software for flight control, stabilization, and communications.

Weighing 18 grams, the Black Hornet helicopter can fly for up to 25 minutes at line-of-sight distances of up to one mile at speeds of 18 km/h. It uses GPS navigation or visual navigation via video and can fly pre-planned routes via its autopilot.

The Black Hornet was developed in 2007 and been used by NATO forces in Afghanistan from 2011, with the United Kingdom the first to acquire the type and use it operationally.

It has also been evaluated by the US military and Australian army. Its small size and electric motors make it a stealthy reconnaissance tool for militaries and law enforcement agencies.

The complete UAV system comprises two helicopters, a base station, controller, display unit and pouch weighting a total of 1.3 kg.

Over 200 personnel from 1st Battalion The Mercian Regiment, 51 Squadron RAF Regiment and 45 Commando, have been putting new and innovative kit and capabilities through their paces on Salisbury Plain Training Area in Wiltshire, as they took part in the third phase of the Army Warfighting Experiment (AWE) 17.

AWE 17 has been at the forefront of the drive for world-class innovation at Defence Equipment & Support (DE&S) in which businesses and organisations, both large and small, were invited to submit solutions to a range of ‘problems’ set by the AWE team and were able to compete on a level playing field. From the 275 initial submissions, 72 products, from a self-sterilizing water bottle and a 56 foot ‘EasiBridge’ were selected for the project.


A member of 40 Commando on during a live fire exercise in Belize.

Taunton based 40 Commando exercising in Belize, Central America, conducting Exercise Curry Trail.

Delta Company (D Coy), the Jungle Warfare Specialists of 40 Commando in the jungles of Belize conducting vital training under the watchful eye of BATSUB (British Army Training Support Unit Belize) staff known as Trackers, as well as Directing Staff from the Royal Marines.

During the first phase of training the Royal Marines conduct break contact drills, close target reconnaissance, survival, patrol and navigation training in the depths of Sibun Gorge.

The Trackers taught the elite Commandos all about operating in the jungle; providing instruction about survival, building shelters and animal traps, creating fire, and understanding what plants are edible, inedible and which are medicinal, as well as what insects and wildlife to avoid in this environment.

When the eight Tracker instructors, who are locals of Belize, aren’t teaching Royal Marines, the British Army or the United States Marine Corps, they are maintaining the training area for the next group of troops.

Live Fire Tactical Training (LFTT) was the second phase of training which saw the transition from individual CQB (Close Quarters Battle) to four and eight-man team assaults in another training area known as Manatee.

During this phase, the troops were using the SA80 rifle, LMG (Light Machine Gun), GPMG (General Purpose Machine Gun) and grenades. They also learned how to employ demolitions in the jungle environment.

Members of 40 Commando's Recce Troop demonstrate river crossing techniques.
Image by A J (Stubbsy) Stubbens | © UK MOD / Crown Copyright 2018
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A Royal Marines sniper team pictured during operation Sond Chara, Helmand Province, Afghanistan, 2008.
US DoD photo by: Cpl. John Rafoss
Not sure if these are 45 or 40 Commando, they belonged to my Nephew who served in Afghanistan with both units ( I will find out for sure and get back to ya)
I have edited (badly) the faces of his muckers. It might be that I could obtain higher resolution pics from my brother but these are all I have at present.

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I would have to speak to his dad to find that out. He served in Afghanistan with 40 & 45, I know he went to Sangin with 40 but not sure of his AOR with 45.
I will get back to you on that, might even be able to get more of his high res pictures too :)
I would have to speak to his dad to find that out. He served in Afghanistan with 40 & 45, I know he went to Sangin with 40 but not sure of his AOR with 45.
I will get back to you on that, might even be able to get more of his high res pictures too :)
Well I found a disc of photos belonging to My Nephew from Operation Herrick 9
At this time he was serving with 45 Commando
3 Commando Brigade took responsibility for Helmand Province, Afghanistan on 8th October 2008, they took over from 16 Air Assault Brigade.

The Commando Brigade consisted of
- 45 Cdo Royal Marines (approx 650 RM personnel)
- 42 Cdo Royal Marines (approx 650 RM personnel)
- 1 Rifles (approx 500 Army personnel)
- 2 Royal Ghurkha Rifles (approx 600 Army personnel)*
- Queens Dragoon Guards (approx 600 Army personnel)*
- 3 Bn REME (approx 150 Army personnel)*

*These units do not permanently belong to 3 Cdo Bde and have been attached for the Herrick 9 deployment.
- Commando Logistics Regiment (approx 450 personnel). CLR provide combat service support, including medics, drivers and vehicle mechanics. Within CLR there are 74 RN and RN Reserve personnel.

- The Royal Naval Medical Service is providing 212 personnel, including consultants, GPs, Nurses and Paramedics.
- 29 Cdo Regt Royal Artillery (approx 400 Army personnel).
- 24 Cdo Engineering Regt (approx 400 Army personnel).
- Brigade Headquarters (approx 100 personnel).
- Command Support Group (approx 300 personnel).

I do have higher resolution photos but they were too large so I have resized them to a more useful scale. There are over 100 photos hope you enjoy seeing the life 45 Commando and my nephew in Afghanistan :)

Edit - Just noticed a little duplication in older posts but not too much

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