Royal Marines Base Poole
Near Hamworthy in England
Landing craft moored alongside pontoons at RM Poole
RM Poole is located in Dorset
RM Poole
RM Poole
Shown within Dorset
Coordinates50°43′13″N 002°01′18″W / 50.72028°N 2.02167°W / 50.72028; -2.02167
TypeRoyal Marines Base
Site information
OwnerMinistry of Defence
Operator Royal Navy
Controlled by Royal Marines
Site history
Built1942 (1942)
Built forRoyal Air Force
In use1942-present
Garrison information
OccupantsSpecial Boat Service

Royal Marines Base Poole (RM Poole) is a British naval base located in Hamworthy a suburb of Poole, Dorset, England on the Poole Harbour and is the centre for Special Boat Service activities.


The base was built in 1942 with the creation of RAF Hamworthy. In 1944, control of the site was handed over to the Royal Navy for use as a naval establishment. The site was known as HMS Turtle and was used for training personnel for the D-Day landings. In May 1944, the site was closed but a small number of personnel were retained for basic maintenance of the base. The site was re-opened and taken over by the Royal Marines in 1954 and became known as the Amphibious School, Royal Marines. In 1956, it was expanded and was renamed the Joint Service Amphibious Warfare Centre (JSAWC). In the early 1960s, it was renamed the Amphibious Training Unit Royal Marines (ATURM). The Technical Training Wing was moved from Eastney Barracks to Poole in 1973 and the base became known as the Royal Marines Poole.[1] 1 Assault Group Royal Marines, which are responsible for landing craft training, was formed at the site in October 2001[2] but moved to RM Tamar in August 2013.[3]

The base has its own internal training area, which is located at the northern edge of the unit. It has been described as being a pre-deployment training area with a Forward Operating Base (FOB) scenario, a street façade and an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) lane.[4]



  1. ^ Ladd, James D. (1983). SBS : the invisible raiders : the history of the Special Boat Squadron from World War Two to the present. London: Arms and Armour. p. 258. ISBN 0-85368-593-2.
  2. ^ "The History of RM Poole". Royal Navy. 2009. Archived from the original on 4 June 2008. Retrieved 3 March 2009.
  3. ^ "Harry's heroes: Prince opens Royal Marines' new £30m amphibious complex in Plymouth". Navy News. 2 August 2013. Retrieved 16 May 2014.
  4. ^ "RM Poole, Hamworthy" (Word Document). MS word doc, para 13: Ministry of Defence. 5 December 2007. p. 1. Retrieved 18 November 2016.((cite web)): CS1 maint: location (link)
  5. ^ Bailey, Stephen (25 September 2007). "Poole-based SBS troops in daring hostage rescue". Dorset Echo. Retrieved 18 November 2016.
  6. ^ Bailey, Stephen (5 August 2011). "Questions over future of Royal Marines Hamworthy base". Dorset Echo. Retrieved 18 November 2016.
  7. ^ Martin, Andy (2 September 2013). "Poole soldiers to join US Marines for elite training exercise". Dorset Echo. Retrieved 18 November 2016.