Republican Marine Commandos
|Republican Marine Commandos|
|Role||Amphibious warfare*Light infantry*Special forces|
|Garrison/HQ||Jesselton Naval Base|
|Motto(s)||Si vis pacem, para bellum|
|Officer Commanding the Armed Forces||Peter Baker|
|Minister of Defence||Christopher Mallard|
|Chief of the National Defence Staff||Nathanial Clarke-Phillips|
|Chief of Republican Marine Forces||Lars Williamson|
The Republican Marine Commandos (RMC) are the land warfare arm of the Questarian Fleet. Although the first marines were trained in the late 17th century, they were not given their own Corps until the mid 18th century, when the Questarian navy fought a series of actions in Alqosia. They were named Royal Marine Commandos in 1942 and renamed Republican Marine Commandos in 1991. Questarian marines have fought in every conflict in Questarian modern history except the 2015 Karaman War. The current strength is estimated at 21,500 personnel.
The RMC are an amphibious warfare branch with two brigades of infantry specialising in amphibious landings. All RMC personnel, unlike the Questarian Army, are volunteers, and serve a 32-week Commando Training Course, in which they learn light infantry field skills, amphibious and expeditionary warfare, and nominal training in air assault tactics, as well as being made familiar with life and military duty at sea. As well as serving as a conventional infantry force, Republican Marines also serve onboard Navy warships in Fleet Protection Groups and have been active in combating piracy around Maredoratica. The RMC has two special forces units, the Special Boat Service and Maritime Surveillance Squadron.
In addition to its forces deployed at sea or attached to the Expeditionary force, the RMC maintains two battalion-sized commando units, presently; 1 Commando, 1st Marines, and 5 Commando, 3rd Marines on attachment for immediate deployment, with one unit training with the army and and one unit building up for standby.
The forces designated for amphibious warfare are collectively referred to as the Expeditionary Force, a small division-sized element of infantry with supporting engineers, tanks, and artillery. Marine units are administratively organised into regiments; 1st, 3rd and 5th Marines are infantry units (5th being reservists), 2nd Marines provide combat service support including signals, 4th Marines provide an armoured unit, 7th Marines providing artillery, and 8th Marines provide engineering support. The 6th Marines provides forces for the Fleet Protection Group. In total the Expeditionary Force is approximately 11,500 men. One Brigade is on constant standby with another rotating into or out of training. The 2018 composition is below:
|Expeditionary Headquarters|| Beach Battalion
| 5th (Light) Artillery
| 3rd Engineer Squadron
| Beach Support Unit
| Heavy Commando|
|1st Commando Brigade|| 11 Commando
| 15 Commando
| 57 Commando
| 2nd/4th (Light) Artillery
| 1st Engineer Squadron
| 1st Bde Support Sqn
|9th Commando Brigade|| 30 Commando
| 33 Commando
| 52 Commando
| 1st/3rd (Light) Artillery
| 4th Engineer Squadron
| 2nd Bde Support Sqn
The Questarian Fleet is capable of deploying both brigades and the expeditionary headquarters simultaneously. Heavy vehicles such as main battle tanks and large engineering vehicles can be deployed directly to beaches via the four Pearl Sea-class landing ship logistics or via landing craft from one of the four River-class dock landing ships or one of the two Wilassia class dock landing platforms. All three of these ships can deploy infantry or light vehicles in the same way and are collectively referred to as the Beach Force. The Beach Force can collectively execute an opposed landing with one brigade of marines and armour. The other three commando carriers can deploy another Brigade by helicopter insertion: these three vessels are known as the Airborne Force.
Fleet Protection Group
6th Marines is one of four infantry marine regiments; as of 2017-2019, the 6th Marines is tasked with fleet protection. Its units are broken up across the fleet and provide naval security for warships and protection from pirates for civilian shipping. Fleet Protection duties are rotated amongst the three active marine units; in 2019, 3rd Marines will take over for two years.
The Questarian Fleet has at least two special forces establishments; the Special Boat Service, which as of 2018 is reported as being attached to the headquarters of the Director-General Special Forces and the Maritime Surveillance Squadron, which is totally under naval command. The strength of both establishments is estimated at between one and two squadrons per unit. Recruitment is only through the Marine Commandos. Both units are tasked with surveillance, target acquisition, and reconnaissance. The Special Reconnaissance Executive recruits from the naval special forces.