THE COMMANDO ROLE FOR 1 RIFLES
Riflemen preparing to land using Royal Marine Rigid Raider Craft
[Picture: Mark Owens]
A 4th Manoeuvre Unit has been announced by Armed Forces Minister Adam Ingram today, Monday 29 January 2007. 1 RIFLES will be attached to 3 Commando Brigade Royal Marines from 1 April 2008.
The Minister of State for the Armed Forces Adam Ingram, said:
"I announce today the attachment of 1 RIFLES to 3 Commando Brigade Royal Marines, from 1 April 2008, as a 4th Manoeuvre Unit. The battalion is due to form up in February 2007 following the merger of The Devonshire and Dorset Light Infantry (DDLI) and the Royal Gloucestershire, Berkshire and Wiltshire Light Infantry (RGBWLI)."
The grouping of an Infantry battalion (1 RIFLES) with 3 Commando Brigade, Royal Marines, will significantly improve Defence Capability.
3 Commando Brigade will be able to provide both a brigade at high readiness for operations anywhere in the world and also support programmed operations.
The enhanced capability is being achieved by making better use of existing resources, and will provide a challenging new role for 1 RIFLES.
The experience of training together and deploying together in a joint force will also benefit both the Royal Navy and the Army. This continues to reflect a desire to deepen joint relationships between the Royal Navy and Army.
The Army already provides combat support within 3 Commando Brigade Royal Marines in the form of 29 Commando Regiment Royal Artillery and 59 Independent Commando Squadron Royal Engineers, and contributes to the combat service support provided by Commando Logistic Regiment. There are clearly wider Defence benefits as we balance operational capability across Defence.
1 RIFLES will remain on the Army list under the Full Command of the Chief of the General Staff but serve under the operational command of the Commander in Chief Fleet and the Commander of 3 Commando Brigade Royal Marines.
Regimental personnel will continue to wear the 1 RIFLES cap-badge.