MARCOS - Marine Special Forces
Motto:-The few the fearless
Active:-February 1987 – present
Garrison/HQ:-INS Karna, Visakhapatnam, India
Nickname(s):-Magarmach (The Crocodiles),
Dadhiwala Fauji (The bearded army)
- Operation Cactus,
- Operation Leech,
- Operation Pawan,
- Kargil War,
- Operation Black Tornado,
- Operation Cyclone,
Counter-insurgency operations in Kashmir
Previously known as Marine commando force, it is an Elite special operation unit of the Indian Navy. they are capable of conducting operations under
- Amphibious warfare
- Counter terrorism
- Direct action
- Hostage rescue
- Unconventional warfare
The Marcos are capable of undertaking operation in all types of terrain they are specialised in in Maritime operations in Jammu and Kashmir wular Lake as well.
Marcos r are widely feared among the terrorists who call them "dadhiwala Fauji"because of the the beard disguise in civil areas.
In 1986, the Indian Navy started planning for the creation of a special forces unit that would be capable of undertaking various operations; the selected force underwent training courses with the United States Navy SEALs at Coronado.In 1987, the Marcos officially came into existence.
Application for Marine commando is made by male volunteers of the Indian Navy applications from other forces are not accepted.
Candidates undergo training in four phases to become a fully qualified Marine commando.
Phase 1 preselection
Phase 2 selection
Phase 3 basic training SF
Phase 4 probation period
Advanced SF training
The total duration of their training is 2 and half years.
Operations undertaken by Marcos are Usually Classified. Some of the well known operation are:-
- Operation Pawan,1987
- Operation cactus,1988
- Operation Tasha,1991
- Operation Zabardast,1992
- Operation rakshak,ongoing
- Operation Rahat in Yemen,2015
- Operation black tornado,2008
- Kargil War,1999
- Abduction of Dubai princess Sheikha Latifa 2018
The Marine commandos communities operators out of naval bases of Mumbai, Visakhapatnam, Goa, Karachi and Port Blair INS Abhimanyu located in Mumbai was the Base where Marcos was formed.
In 2016 INS karna was commissioned near Visakhapatnam as a permanent base unit.