Royal Marines

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Corps of Royal Marines
Founded28 October 1664 (1664-10-28)
Country United Kingdom
RoleExpeditionary & amphibious warfare
Size7,760 Royal Marines
530 Royal Marines Reserve
Part ofHM Naval Service
Naval Staff OfficesWhitehall, London, England
"The Commandos"
Motto(s)"By Sea, By Land"
ColoursBlue, Gold, Green, Red
MarchQuick: "A Life on the Ocean Wave"
Slow: "Preobrajensky"
Captain GeneralHRH The Duke of Sussex
First Sea LordAdmiral Sir Philip Jones
Commandant GeneralMajor General Charles Stickland[1]
Royal Marine's Headquarters and Corps of the Royal Marines Flag
Royal Marine's Headquarters and Corps of the Royal Marines Flag.png

The Royal Marines or formally the Corps of Royal Marines is the amphibious light infantry and one of the five fighting arms of the Royal Navy.[2][3] The marines can trace their origins back to the formation of the English Army's "Duke of York and Albany's maritime regiment of Foot" at the grounds of the Honourable Artillery Company on 28 October 1664.[4]


  1. "Supersession of the Commandant General Royal Marines". Royal Marines Charity. 19 January 2018. Retrieved 26 January 2018.
  2. "The Royal Navy's Surface Fleet" (PDF). MOD UK. Archived (PDF) from the original on 18 October 2012. Retrieved 5 August 2018.
  3. Royal Marines, Ministry of Defence, 30 March 2018, archived from the original on 1 April 2018, retrieved 30 March 2018
  4. "Royal Marines History and Traditional Facts" (PDF). Marine Society & Sea Cadet. Archived (PDF) from the original on 5 July 2016. Retrieved 22 May 2016.