40. Arbroath, Angus. (ND 611 438)
45 Commando and howitzer
45 Commando is made up of three companies of Marines, 7 (Sphynx)
Battery, 29 Commando Light Regiment Royal Artillery and a troop
of engineers from 59 Independent Commando squadron. During Operation
Veritas in Afghanistan, 45 Commando were part of the task group
onboard HMS Ocean, a helicopter carrier. 7 (Sphynx) Battery were
armed with the 105mm howitzer artillery, pictured above.
Condor' Base, home to the Royal Marines 45 Commando. The unit provides
men and equipment to 3 Commando Brigade Royal Marines, who saw active
service in the Iraq war in 2003. According to the Royal Navy, 45
Commando is trained and equipped for a range of varying operational
tasks, from tropical rain forest to arid desert.
3 Commando Brigade was formed during the Second World War and is
part of the UK's Joint Rapid Reaction Force. The brigade is made
up of 3,500 troops from three different Commando groups, including
45 Group in Arbroath. Service men and women from Arbroath have taken
part in a number of military operations over the decades as part
of the 3 Commando Brigade. This includes the final assault on Port
Stanley during the Falklands War in 1982, and peacekeeping missions
in Bosnia, Kosovo, the Congo and Sierra Leone. They also saw action
during the 1991 Iraq war and 45 Commando were also deployed during
the 'War on Terror' in Afghanistan.
In Iraq in 2003, the 3 Commando Brigade was instrumental in the
attack and occupation of Basra. On the 6th April, as the 7th Armoured
Brigade pushed into the centre of Basra, the Commandos attacked
from the south, towards the old part of the city. After successfully
completing their mission, it was announced 2 weeks later, that 3
Commando Group would be returning from Iraq.