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COMUKAMPHIBFOR General Description



General Description


The Commander United Kingdom Amphibious Forces (COMUKAMPHIBFOR) is the very high readiness deployable 2* Royal Marines HQ embedded within the Fleet Battlestaffs.


COMUKAMPHIBFOR is a permanently constituted 2* HQ held at very high readiness to command joint and combined operations at the operational level. It is commanded by a Royal Marine Major General, and located in the Fleet Battlestaff buildings on Whale Island in Portsmouth. Commander United Kingdom Maritime Forces (COMUKMARFOR), commanded by a Royal Navy Rear Admiral, is co-located. Collectively COMUKMARFOR, COMUKAMPHIBFOR, COMATG, COMUKTG and HQ 3 Cdo Bde RM comprise the "Fleet Battlestaffs".


COMUKAMPHIBFOR is configured and trained to take on several different roles. The HQ is capable of deploying as a PJHQ directed Joint Task Force HQ (JTFHQ,) or as a National Land or Maritime Component HQ. Certain roles will trigger HQ augmentation, particularly in the N1, N7, N8 and N9 areas. COMUKAMPHIBFOR retains the title of Commandant General Royal Marines (CGRM) and is the head of service for the Royal Marines. CGRM is supported by the Director Royal Marines (DRM), also located on Whale Island, who is responsible for the conduct of Royal Marines Regimental matters.

Concept of Operations

COMUKAMPHIBFOR can operate from afloat or ashore. Afloat it will utilise either an RN or allied/coalition platform such as a CVS, LPD or LPH. Ashore, with augmented life support, it can operate from bespoke locations, requisitioned buildings or containerised operational offices. Although predominantly RM, the HQ is also permanently manned with tied appointments from the RN, RAF, Army, USMC and RNLMC to ensure seamless execution of joint operations.


COMUKAMPHIBFOR and COMUKMARFOR are equivalent in rank but have distinctly different roles and staffs. COMUKMARFOR and his Maritime Battle Staff are primarily configured as a Maritime Component Commander. Also, embedded within COMUKMARFOR is the Commander United Kingdom Task Group (COMUKTG) around whom a 1* HQ can be formed. COMUKAMPHIBFOR is primarily configured to command as a CJTF and designed to support a single 2* commander.

COMUKAMPHIBFOR's Relationship to 3 Cdo Bde RM

Although COMUKAMPHIBFOR has line authority to 3 Cdo Bde and remains head of service for the RM he is not responsible for any other aspect of the Bde's force generation or training. That is a FLEET responsibility. COMUKAMPHIBFOR staff effort concentrates upon its core business of forming an HQ for deployment on operations and exercises.