Royal Marine Commandos go old and new, borrowed and MultiCam for uniforms

Founded in 1664, the Royal Marines have been around for a minute.

Royal Marines, left, and U.S. Marines meet in Egypt in 1882

Their new uniform– a very U.S. style Crye Precision MultiCam pattern job which looks familiar alongside their M4 style carbines– will include the WWII-era commando patches as well as, for the first time, a Royal Navy Ensign in tactical green and black rather than the traditional “White Duster.”

Further, the iconic Fairbairn-Sykes Dagger patch of 3 Commando Brigade Royal Marines has been redesigned and is based on the first pattern of the legendary fighting knife made in 1940.

The RMs are increasingly using Canadian C8 Colt Carbines (adopted as the L119A2) rather than the same L85A2 Enfield (SA80 A2) used by the British Army. They switched from the Browning Hi-Power to the Gen 4 Glock 17 a few years back.

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