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Operations and Exercises

Operations and exercisesIn times of increasing tension or crisis the Royal Marines have called for volunteers from the RMR to help augment the Corps' combat effectiveness. Throughout its short history RMR ranks have volunteered to participate in many of the major operational deployments of the Royal Marines.

2006 & 2007 - Iraq. Approximately 30 RMR ranks are currently in Afghanistan working with 3 Commando Brigade RM(3 Cdo Bde) on operations against the Taliban.

2005 & 2006 - Southern Iraq 60 RMR ranks provided Force Protection and other roles as part of Operation Telic VI/VII.

2003 - Southern Iraq Over 120 RMR took part in Operation Telic in Southern Iraq.

2001 & 2002 - Afghanistan & The Gulf A small number of RMR ranks assisted in Operations with separate units of 3 Cdo Bde RM.

2000 - Sierra Leone RMR ranks attached to 42 CDO RM participated in Operation Silkman.

1999 - Kosovo Small group of RMR ranks attached to the UK's Civil Affairs Group helped facilitate cooperation between civilian authorities, relief organizations and the military.

1998 - Worldwide RMR Fiftieth Anniversary. RMR supported the Corps worldwide.

1997 - Far East RMR ranks deployed with 3 Cdo Bde RM.

1991 - Northern Iraq 80 RMR ranks deployed with 40 & 45 Commando for Operation Safe Haven in Northern Iraq to provide protection for Kurdish refugees.

1982 - Falkland Islands RMR ranks deploy with 3 Commando Brigade on Operation Corporate to recapture the Falkland Islands.

Operations - future

There are current and ongoing requirements for RMR ranks in Afghanistan, Iraq and Kosovo. In addition there are opportunities to serve with the UN in Eastern Europe and Africa.

Exercises - past

  • 2007 - Ex Hairspring, Norway
  • 2006 - Ex Green Wader, Sierra Leone
  • 2006 - Ex Hairspring, Norway
  • 2005 - Ex Phantom Raider, UK
  • 2004 - Ex Spice Trail, Brunei
  • 2002 - Ex Saif Sareea, Gulf of Oman

Exercises - future

  • 2007 - Ex Hairspring (Cold Weather Warfare), Norway
  • 2007 - Ex Southern Cross (Field Firing), Falkland Islands
  • 2007 - Ex Royal Chamois (Desert Training), TBC