Marines: Defence Equipment

Ministry of Defence written question – answered at on 9 February 2024.

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Photo of Lord Empey Lord Empey UUP

To ask His Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the ability of the Royal Marines to fulfil their duties, given their current level of equipment and personnel.

Photo of The Earl of Minto The Earl of Minto The Minister of State, Ministry of Defence

The Royal Marines (RM) have been undergoing transformation through the Future Commando Force (FCF) programme. The FCF programme was fully endorsed at the Integrated Review 21 and reaffirmed at the Integrated Review Refresh and the Defence Command Plan 23. Significant enhancements have already been delivered, most visibly new vehicles, radios, uniforms and most recently new rifles.

The Secretary of State has commissioned a plan with a scope that will encompass how the Royal Marines work and capabilities can be bolstered and enhanced to protect Britain from a world that is growing more dangerous.

While undergoing this transformation, the RM continue to deploy globally, delivering disproportionate impact for a formation of their size.

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