It has been announced that the current base of 40 Commando Royal Marines at Norton Manor will not close as previously planned.
"RM Chivenor and Norton Manor Camp, home to the Commando Logistics Regiment, 24 Commando Royal Engineers and 40 Commando respectively, are among the military sites that will be retained as part of an optimisation exercise of the defence estate, Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson has announced today.
The Defence Estate Optimisation Programme is a 25-year strategy published in 2016 to ensure the defence estate is fit for purpose. Following detailed assessment the outline plan has now been updated, setting out new information for 33 military sites across the UK.
Today’s update will provide clarity and certainty for personnel and communities for the next five years, and is testament to the Royal Marines historic relationship with the South West and their deep-rooted links with the region.
Predominately based in the West Country, the Royal Marines are an elite force held at very high readiness and are trained for worldwide rapid response. Currently a large number of Commandos are deployed on cold weather warfare training in Norway with NATO colleagues.
Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson said: “Having seen these two excellent bases first-hand, I believe that it is right that they remain the central focus for the South West and the Royal Marines.
“The local communities here are rightly proud that one of the world’s finest body of fighting men remain based in the region. So I am very pleased that the relationship between Marines and the West Country will now remain for many years to come.
“By providing clarity on these key sites in the South West we will not only protect our national security and support military objectives, but also provide more stable employment and education opportunities for military families.”
Today’s announcement is accompanied by the confirmation that £1.5billion will be invested across the country over the next five years to ensure that the estate meets both military requirements and the high standards required to house and support service personnel and their families.
This is part of the £4 billion committed in 2016 in the Better Defence Estates Strategy to improve and upgrade the Defence estate."
Source: Ministry of Defence