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Indian Navy Marine Commandos (MARCOS)

Indian Navy Marine Commandos (MARCOS) mind map
Recent News (January 2024)
Retook hijacked ship
MV Lila Norfolk
Liberian-flagged
In North Arabian Sea
All 21 crew members rescued
Incident captured on video
Who
Indian Navy's Special Forces
Officially Marine Commando Force (MCF)
Founded in February 1987
Operate in sea, air, land
Specialize in maritime operations
Where
Bases
Mumbai
Visakhapatnam
Goa
Kochi
Port Blair
Operations mainly in Jammu and Kashmir
Jhelum River
Wular Lake
How
Operations
Support to amphibious operations
Surveillance, reconnaissance
Clandestine operations
Hostage rescue, counter-terrorism
Direct action, asymmetric warfare
Training
Stringent selection process
Continuous training regimen
7-8 months course for new recruits
Includes combat diving, counter-terrorism
Collaboration with foreign special forces
Size and Personnel
About 2,000 personnel (as of 2012)
Exact number classified
Equipment and Skills
Trained in various weapons
Knives, crossbows, sniper rifles
Handguns, assault rifles, submachine guns
Diving and underwater operations
Specialized training
Endurance, martial arts
Airborne, intelligence operations
Operation of submersible craft

The Indian Navy Marine Commandos, also known as MARCOS or the Marine Commando Force, are the special forces of the Indian Navy, established in February 1987. They are trained to operate in various environments including sea, air, and land, specializing in maritime operations. Recently, in January 2024, they successfully retook the hijacked Liberian-flagged MV Lila Norfolk in the North Arabian Sea, rescuing all 21 crew members. MARCOS are based in several Indian locations and primarily conduct operations in Jammu and Kashmir. Their responsibilities encompass a range of activities including amphibious operations, surveillance, clandestine operations, hostage rescue, and counter-terrorism. The force consists of about 2,000 personnel as of 2012, with exact numbers kept classified. MARCOS undergo rigorous training including combat diving, counter-terrorism, and are skilled in various weapons and specialized tactics.

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