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'30 Commando Assault Unit'

nb. The following history is from different named sources and should not be taken as the "Official" history. 

In Sep 1942, the Director of Naval Intelligence authorised the formation of the Special Intelligence Unit, composed of 33 (Royal Marines) Troop, 34 (Army) Troop, 35 (RAF) Troop and 36 (Royal Navy) Troop. The Special Intelligence Unit was later renamed 30 RN Commando (Special Engineering Unit), and was redesignated 30 Assault Unit in December 1943 **.

'30 Commando IX Group'

30 Commando Information Exploitation Group
30 Commando was formed in WW2 and serves today as the ‘eyes and ears’ of 3 Commando Brigade.
30 Commando is a diverse, ever-evolving unit, made up of the best and the brightest Britain has to offer. Surveillance and Reconnaissance Squadron deploys ahead of the main force for reconnaissance behind enemy lines. A team of Royal Marines Mountain Leaders in the main, they operate in small groups, providing the initial battle picture to 3 Commando Brigade.

ALSTON, Richard

Lieutenant Colonel
3 Cdo. Bde. RM
Royal Marines
Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE)
Appointed O.B.E. (Military Division) in 2021 for “delivering game-changing results” following a redesign of the capability of the unit he commanded, 30 Commando Information Exploitation Group.

COX, Simon

Lieutenant Colonel
30 Commando IX Group
Royal Marines
August 2022 appointed Commanding Officer 30 Commando Information Exploitation Group.
Royal Navy / MOD biography online.

LYNCH, Paul Patrick

40 Cdo. RM
30 Commando IX Group
Royal Marines
Military Cross (MC)
Captain Paul Lynch, 40 Commando RM, was awarded the Military Cross for gallant and distinguished service whilst on operations in Iraq during the period 19 March to 19 April 2003.
  • 30 June 2011 (Acting Lieutenant Colonel) promoted Lieutenant Colonel.

MAGOWAN, Robert Andrew

Brigadier Robert Magowan RM
Lieutenant General
3 Cdo. Bde. RM
Royal Marines
Knight Commander of the Order of the Bath (KCB)
Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE)
Legion of Merit (USA)
Lieutenant General Rob Magowan joined the Royal Marines in 1989. After successfully completing his training he assumed several Troop Command roles, including a tour of Northern Ireland [1].

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