The Royal Marines Today
The Royal Marines today form an important part of Britain’s Armed Forces. They are part of the Naval Service, so form part of the Royal Navy’s ability to defend, deter and defeat any potential threats to the United Kingdom. Uniquely they are able to undertake Amphibious Operations – landing from specialized shipping and other craft at sea.
Royal Marines units are either held on high readiness, able to deploy quickly, or are engaged on military operations. Their flexibility enables them to undertake numerous other types of work including peacekeeping and disaster relief.
Today they number approximately 7000 strong. A detailed breakdown of their organisation is available on the Royal Navy web site.
Although the Corps accounts for a small proportion of Britain’s Armed Forces, approximately 40% of Britain’s Special Forces originate from within the Royal Marines.