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RM Poole

RM Poole
Located near Poole in Dorset
RM Poole
Shown within Dorset
Type Royal Marines Base
Coordinates 50°43′13″N 2°01′18″W / 50.720278°N 2.021667°W / 50.720278; -2.021667Coordinates: 50°43′13″N 2°01′18″W / 50.720278°N 2.021667°W / 50.720278; -2.021667

Built 1942
In use 1954–Present
Ministry of Defence
Controlled by Royal Navy
Garrison Royal Marines

Royal Marines Base Poole (RM Poole) is a British naval base in Poole, England and is the centre for the Royal Marines and Royal Navy amphibious and riverine activities.


The base was built in 1942 with the creation of Royal Air Force 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) Sometime in the early 1960s, it was renamed Amphibious Training Unit Royal Marines (ATURM) The Technical Training Wing was moved from Eastney to Poole in 1973 and the base became Royal Marines Poole. October 2001 saw the formation of 1 Assault Group Royal Marines who are responsible for landing craft training.[1]

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