Serv­ing Royal Marines join an­nual Spean Bridge pa­rade

The Oban Times - - Districts -

ROYAL Marines from 43 Com­mando, based on the Clyde, added an ex­tra el­e­ment to this year’s Royal Marines As­so­ci­a­tion (RMA) pa­rade, held at the poignant Spean Bridge memo­rial on Sun­day July 10.

The mon­u­ment, orig­i­nally built to mark the sac­ri­fice of Com­man­dos dur­ing the Sec­ond World War, dom­i­nates the sur­round­ing coun­try­side, much of which was used as a train­ing ground for the fa­mous wartime sol­diers.

The serv­ing marines, who joined mem­bers of the Royal Marines As­so­ci­a­tion for the pa­rade, came from 43 Com­mando Fleet Pro­tec­tion Group Royal Marines, Royal Marines Band Scot­land, as well as run­ners tak­ing part in the RM 1664 Chal­lenge.

The RM 1664 Chal­lenge, in aid of the Royal Marines char­ity, sees two run­ners joined by per­son­nel from Royal Marines units across the coun­try to com­plete 16.64 miles per day for 100 days.

The num­ber 1664 has al­ways had sym­bolic sig­nif­i­cance for the Royal Marines, as it was the year of the force’s birth, and this year marked their 353rd an­niver­sary.

The pa­rade, which also saw a num­ber of vet­er­ans tak­ing part, con­sisted of a short ser­vice con­ducted by the Rev­erend Richard Rowe RN, fol­lowed by a march past.

Tak­ing the salute was Bri­gadier Richard Spencer OBE, deputy com­man­dant gen­eral Royal Marines and vice- chair­man of the Royal Marines char­ity. Lieu­tenant Ryan Taylor, who was in com­mand of the serv­ing con­tin­gent, said: ‘It’s re­ally im­por­tant that we sup­port the RMA and the wider corps fam­ily and to­day has been an ex­cel­lent day de­spite the weather.’

43 Com­mando Fleet Pro­tec­tion Group Royal Marines is a 550-strong unit based at HM Naval Base Clyde at Faslane.

Its pri­mary mis­sion is to pre­vent unau­tho­rised ac­cess to the UK’s strate­gic nu­clear de­ter­rent through the pro­vi­sion of spe­cial­ist mil­i­tary ca­pa­bil­ity.

Ad­di­tion­ally, mar­itime board­ing and sniper teams and the very high readi­ness Fleet Con­tin­gent Troop are de­ployed world­wide to con­duct spe­cial­ist mar­itime se­cu­rity tasks in sup­port of the Royal Navy.

On com­ple­tion of the pa­rade, all at­tend­ing were in­vited back to the Ben Nevis Ho­tel, Fort Wil­liam, for lunch and a chance for the serv­ing per­son­nel and vet­er­ans to ex­change sto­ries.

Serv­ing Royal Marines joined vet­er­ans and char­ity event run­ners for this year’s pa­rade at the Spean Bridge memo­rial.

Vet­er­ans took part in this year’s pa­rade at the Spean Bridge memo­rial.

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