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2.RM Poole

Last modified: 03 Jun 2020, submitted by: Joker

Country: United Kingdom    Region: Dorset

Locale: Poole

Latitude: 50° 43' 5" N     Longitude: -3° 58' 47" E

Area use / Military Branches: Active


Hamworthy Barracks. Former RAF Hamworthy (1942). In 1944 handed over to the Royal Navy and renamed HMS Turtle and used for training personnel for the D-Day landings. Taken over by Royal Marines in 1954 as Amphibious School, Royal Marines. In 1956,expanded and reassigned Joint Service Amphibious Warfare Centre (JSAWC). In the early 1960s, renamed Amphibious Training Unit Royal Marines (ATURM).
1973 - 2013 base renamed Royal Marines Poole with 1 Assault Group Royal Marines until relocation to RM Tamar.

Currently Royal Marines Poole is still being used as a training and operating facility by
- Special Boat Service (SBS). The regiment sized maritime special forces unit of the UK's Special Forces which is under command of the Director Special Forces.
General strength: appx 200250 men
Structure: 4 active squadrons and a reserve unit
C and X Sqns combat swimmers, canoe and small boat ops.
Z Sqn underwater attack and insertion using swimmer delivery vehicles.
M Sqn maritime counter-terrorism, heliborne assault and ship boarding ops.
SBS Reserve provides individual reservists supporting regular SBS

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