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30 Commando Information Exploitation Group

The 30 Commando Information Exploitation Group is a Royal Marines unit of the British Armed Forces. The unit resources include communications, information operations, information systems, intelligence, surveillance, and Target Acquisition and Reconnaissance (ISTAR).[1]

30 Commando (Information Exploitation) Group, Royal Marines
Cap Badge of the Royal Marines
Active2000 - present
Country United Kingdom
BranchRoyalMarineBadge.svg Royal Marines
TypeAmphibious Commandos
SizeOne battalion
Part of Her Majesty's Naval Service
Garrison/HQStonehouse Barracks, Plymouth
Motto(s)Per Mare Per Terram (By Sea By Land) (Latin)
MarchQuick - A Life on the Ocean Wave
Slow - Preobrajensky
Lt Col Paul Lynch RM
Captain-GeneralThe Duke of Sussex
Members of 30 Commando practicing room-clearing techniques at the Military Operations on Urban Terrain facility aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune in 2010.



The unit's title harks back to the original 30 Commando (which in turn became 30 Assault Unit RM), formed in 1942. This unit was tasked to move ahead of advancing Allied forces, or to undertake covert infiltrations into enemy territory by land, sea or air, to capture much needed intelligence, in the form of codes, documents, equipment or enemy personnel.[2]

In 2010 the unit, which had formerly been known as the HQ & Signals Squadron Royal Marines and then as the UK Landing Force Command Support Group, was renamed 30 Commando Information Exploitation Group.[3]

In 2013, 30 Commando Information Exploitation Group were granted the freedom of Littlehampton, West Sussex, in honour of the original unit being based in the town during the Second World War.[4][5]


  • Surveillance and Reconnaissance Squadron
  • Communications Squadron
  • Support Squadron
  • Y Squadron: Electronic warfare specialists, able to gain intelligence on the enemy and increase situational awareness by intercepting enemy communications systems. The name also recalls the Y-stations first created during the First World War and expanded during the Second World War to perform a somewhat similar role on a much larger scale.
  • Logistics Squadron
    • Equipment Support Troop
    • Catering Troop
    • Motor Transport Troop
    • Regimental Aid Post
    • Stores Troop[7]


  1. ^ "30 Commando Information Exploitation Group". Royal Navy. Archived from the original on 7 May 2010. Retrieved 1 June 2010.
  2. ^ "History of 30 Assault Unit 1942-1946". Liddell Hart Centre for Military Archives, King's College London. Archived from the original on 2 May 2010. Retrieved 2 June 2010.
  3. ^ "Devon marines renamed after Bond author's wartime group". BBC. 13 December 2010.
  4. ^ "Littlehampton grants town freedom to James Bond unit". BBC. 5 October 2013. Retrieved 17 February 2014.
  5. ^ "Fleming's Red Indians special Royal Marine Commando unit". Littlehampton Gazette. 31 July 2013. Retrieved 17 February 2014.
  6. ^ "Freedom of Information Response" (PDF). Retrieved 4 April 2016.
  7. ^ "30 Commando IX Group". Royal Navy. Retrieved 12 February 2014.

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