RM Turnchapel
Near Hooe in England
Memorial at Turnchapel Hards (1479).jpg
Memorial at Turnchapel Hards
RM Turnchapel is located in Devon
RM Turnchapel
RM Turnchapel
Shown within Devon
Coordinates50°21′34″N 004°06′58″W / 50.35944°N 4.11611°W / 50.35944; -4.11611Coordinates: 50°21′34″N 004°06′58″W / 50.35944°N 4.11611°W / 50.35944; -4.11611
TypeRoyal Marines Base
Site information
OwnerMinistry of Defence
OperatorRoyal Navy
Site history
Built forAdmiralty
In use1903 - 2014

Royal Marines Turnchapel is a former Royal Marines military installation in South Devon located 1.2 miles (1.9 km) east of Plymouth, Devon, and 3.6 miles (5.8 km) north east of Torpoint, Cornwall, England.


The site was established as a shipyard in the 17th century and expanded rapidly under the ownership of John Parker, 1st Earl of Morley in the 1790s.[1] The Admiralty acquired the site in 1903 and used it as a naval oil fuel depot until it was badly damaged by aerial bombing in 1940 during the Second World War.[1] The slipway was used as an embarkation point by troops of the US 29th Division boarding LSTs for the Normandy landings in June 1944.[1] The site became a Royal Marines base in 1993[1] and went on to become the home of 539 Assault Squadron RM and its feeder unit, 10 Landing Craft Training Squadron.[2] These units moved to RM Tamar in early 2013.[3]

The site was declared surplus to military requirements by the Ministry of Defence and bought by marine leisure business The Yacht Havens Group. The business took possession of the waterfront site on the 28 March 2014 after buying it for an undisclosed sum.[4]


  1. ^ a b c d "Royal Marines Turnchapel". Pastscape. Retrieved 1 December 2016.
  2. ^ "New £25m landing craft home takes shape in Devonport". Ministry of Defence. Retrieved 14 August 2012.
  3. ^ "Marines will move to new-build base". this is Plymouth. Retrieved 14 August 2012.
  4. ^ "Deal sees MoD site bought marine firm". Western morning news. Retrieved 1 April 2014.