All You Need to Know About Marine Commandos

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MCF stands for Marine Commando Force. It is the special forces unit of the Indian Navy created to perform special marine operations. Marine commandos are specially trained and equipped to conduct special operations in a maritime environment. This special force has acquired experience and earned a good reputation for professionalism over the 3 decades it has been in existence. It has the capability to undertake operations in all types of terrain; however it is specialized in maritime operations in J&K throughout the Jhelum River and Wular Lake. Some marine commandos are also attached with the Indian Army special forces units conducting counter-terrorism operations in the area.

Roles and Function of Marine Commando Force:

Marine Commando is responsible for operating in three mediums, including Sea, Air, and Land. Personnel from these units are deployed from Kashmir for CI/CT ops to GoA, Somalia for anti-piracy operations. They are involved in providing diving/civil assistance at the times of natural disaster. In addition to this, Marine Commando Force also handles:

  • Clandestine attack against enemy ships, offshore installations, and other vital assets
  • Amphibious operations
  • Unconventional warfare
  • Surveillance and recce missions to support military operations
  • Clandestine diving operations
  • Hostage rescue operations in maritime environment
  • Combating terrorism in a maritime environment

Selection and Training

All Marine Commando Force personnel are males selected from Indian Navy. They got selected in their early 20s and go through a stringent selection process and training. The standard of selection is quite high and the training is a continuous process. Here, the training regimen includes:

  • Airborne Operations
  • Combat Diving Courses
  • Counter-Terrorism
  • Anti-Hijacking
  • Anti-Piracy Operations
  • Direct Action
  • Infiltration and Exhilaration Tactics
  • Special Reconnaissance
  • Unconventional Warfare Training

The training is conducted at INS Abhimanyu. The training selection process is divided into two parts. And, the total duration of training is between two and half to three years. The basic training is for six months. Personnel have to go through from different stages and tasks. They also get trained in every kind of weapon and instruments, including Knives, Crossbows, Sniper rifles, Handguns, Assault rifles, Submachine Guns and Bare Hands.

The further training of Marine Commando Force includes Offshore operations, Open and closed circuit diving, Anti-terrorism operations, Skydiving, Para training, Intelligence training, Operation of submersible craft, Operations from submarines, Various special skills such as language training, etc., Explosive ordnance disposal techniques.

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