Country: United Kingdom Region: Dorset
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 200–250 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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