1 Assault Group Royal Marines – the Royal Marines’ amphibious warfare experts – will now be known as 47 Commando Raiding Group, say the Ministry of Defence.
According to a news release, the renaming was announced following the 75th anniversary commemorations of one of 47 Commando’s greatest battles during World War Two at Walcheren in the Netherlands.
“The battle for the island was vital in freeing the approaches to Antwerp, an important supply port, and 47 Commando played a key role in victory alongside their fellow commandos.
Around 48 hours after landing on Gold Beach on D-Day, 47 Commando were also in action in Port-en-Bessin, carrying out a daring tactical raid, approaching from the rear flank and against extreme odds claiming a vital victory to open up supply lines for the advancing allied forces.”
Commandant General Royal Marines, Major General Matt Holmes said:
“It is with enormous pride that I have been able to announce the renaming of 1 Assault Group Royal Marines to 47 Commando (Raiding Group) Royal Marines. The Commando ethos is incredibly strong and remains the golden thread that runs through the Royal Marines as we accelerate into the future as the Royal Navy’s Commando force.”
539 Assault Squadron will also now be called 539 Raiding Squadron, adding further emphasis on the raiding future of the Royal Marines, say the MoD.