Marine reunion marks 350 years

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Former serving Royal Marines left Arbroath on Thursday night to take a long trip in their Bus to Lympstone near Exmouth in Devon.

The old comrades travelled south to revisit old haunts at Lympstone CTC (Commando Training Centre), currently featured in Channel 4 television documentary ‘Royal Marine Commando School’.

The programme followed raw recruits as they go through extensive training to gain the coveted ‘Green Beret’. The “Fly on The Wall” TV reality show has proved a hit also garnering speculation from past members of the Corps who claim things have gotten easier over the years.

This time however former serving Royal Marines from all over Britain and abroad descended on the training camp in Lympstone to catch up with old friends and colleagues to celebrate the 350th anniversary of the forming of The Royal Marine Corps.

On Saturday they caught up and toured the military facility with trips to the nearby town of Exmouth, and on Sunday 5,000 former Marines attending paraded through the town.

Formed in the reign of King Charles II on October 28, 1664 as the Duke of York and Albany’s Maritime Regiment of Foot (or Admiral’s Regiment), the name Marines first appeared in the records in 1672 and in 1802 they were titled the Royal Marines by King George III.

Since then, Marines have taken part in more battles on land and sea around the world than any other branch of the British Armed Forces; so numerous are the Corps’ battle honours they are simply represented by the famous Globe and the single honour ‘Gibraltar’.

Today, the Royal Marines are the UK’s Commando Forces and the Royal Navy’s amphibious troops. An elite force held at very high readiness, they are trained for worldwide rapid response.