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MARCOS aka Marine Commandos – All You Need To Know

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MARCOS aka Marine Commandos – All You Need To Know

MARCOS aka Marine Commandos is the special forces branch of Indian Navy. Marcos are responsible for conducting the special operations and safeguarding the Indian Naval assets.


The need of Special Forces unit for Indian Navy was raised in the year 1986. The Marcos aka Marine Commandos was established in 1987. Initially, it was known as Indian Marine Special Forces. The Indian Marine Special Forces was renamed as Marine Commandos in 1991.

Selection and training of Marcos

The recruits for Marcos are selected within the age limit of 20 years. The selection process is very rigorous, similar to the probation of Para SF and 80% of recruits back out in the initial process. The training period is of two and half years. The Training module includes:
1. Counter Insurgency
2. Hostage and Rescue Operations
3. Amphibious Warfare
4. Reconnaissance and Recce Missions
5. Intelligence gathering
6. Anti Hijacking operations
7. Skydiving
8. Specialized water diving techniques

The Marcos are also trained at High Altitude Warfare School (HAWS) in Gulmarg, Special Forces Training School in Nahan, Commando School Belgaum, Paratroopers Training School in Agra and Counter Insurgency and Jungle Warfare (CIJWS), Vairengte. The Marcos are also trained IN para jumps like HALO (High Altitude, Low Opening) and HAHO (High Altitude, High Opening).

Operations of Marcos

Marcos have participated in many operations of Indian Armed Forces
1. Operation Pawan
2. Operation Cactus
3. Operation Tasha
4. Operation Zabardast
5. Operation Rakshak
6. Operation Rahat in Yemen
7. Kargil war
8. Operation Black Tornado

Equipment of Marcos

1. Glock Pistol
2. IWI Tavor 21 Assault Rifle
3. MP5 Semi Automatic Sub machine Gun
4. SCAR L & SCAR H Assault Rifle
5. APS amphibious Assault Rifle
6. Sakko Tikka Sniper Rifle

The MARCOS are equipped with the weather sealed Israeli Tavor TAR-21 assault rifle, the Heckler & Koch MP5 Sub-Machine gun for close quarter battles, the SIG SAUCER P226, the Glock 17 Pistolsa and the DRUGANOV Sniper Rifles. These are the Equipment of Marcos.

Deployment of Marcos

The Marcos are deployed in Various parts of India and are deployed also in UN peace keeping forces. Apart from deployment in Indian Navy Ships and stations, the Marcos are deployed in Jammu and Kashmir for Counter Insurgency Operations. The Marcos were also deployed in Somalia as a part of UN peacekeeping Operations. The Marcos are also known as “Dadiwale fauji”.

In the recent times, Marcos are also deployed at LAC and Pangong Tso Lake.

Also Read : Special Forces Training School | Elite Training Institute of Para SF

Also Read : Top 8 Facts about Indian Navy MARCOS




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